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NJROTC senior receives full-ride scholarship to Texas A&M from U.S. Navy


Oscar Morales, Cadet Lieutenant of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at The Guthrie Center in Spring Branch ISD and Memorial High School senior, was recently awarded a full-ride, four-year scholarship to Texas A & M University from the U.S. Navy.

Commander of Navy Talent Acquisition Group Houston, Paul Henderson, presented Morales with a symbolic, giant check representing the full value of the scholarship - $200,000. 

The Morales family, along with Memorial High School’s principal Lisa Weir, senior principal Jennifer Young, and history teacher Christo Amarantos, proudly observed this milestone award ceremony at The Guthrie Center. Also in attendance were Morales’ peers in the NJROTC program who stood with respect and attention during the ceremony, perhaps dreaming of scholarships that could come their way in the future.

“From his application, we saw that Oscar is very mature and has drive and determination,” said Henderson. Selection for the Naval scholarship is based upon a stringent list of qualifications, including high GPA and SAT scores, involvement in extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, an essay, and an oral interview. The Commander noted that there were 24 applicants for the competitive award from the Houston area, and Morales is one of only five students to receive the scholarship.

“This check is not a reward for doing well in high school,” Henderson said. “It represents that the U.S. Navy recognizes the potential in Oscar Morales.”

When Morales begins working towards a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies next school year, he will also be in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. This means early morning drills, discipline, and lots of time management skills will be needed to excel in college. In addition, upon graduation from Texas A&M, Morales will be commissioned as a U. S. Naval Officer.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Oscar,” Senior Naval Science Instructor and Commander Jerry Coufal said.  “He’s going to be an outstanding Naval Officer.” We salute Oscar Morales’ accomplishments and are #SBISDProud of his potential, too. 

To learn more about the NJROTC program and Career and Technical Education in SBISD, click here.