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New OMVA scholarship to help cover room and board costs for ROTC students

first_imgThe Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) established a scholarship this year that will help cover the cost of room and board for Notre Dame ROTC students.Titled the Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence scholarship, the first award will likely be gifted in the next two or three years, Regan Jones, director of the OMVA, said. “This is one of the many pieces to the overall comprehensive military veteran strategy at the University,” Jones said. “[The OMVA has] been in business a year but we’re making great progress and really excited about the opportunities to support these students and to grow these populations on campus.”Jones said the scholarship, which was created with the help of a number of benefactors, represents an investment in ROTC students and ensures Notre Dame is attracting the nation’s top ROTC talent. “It’s not large enough to cover the cost of room and board for all ROTC students, so that’s the goal,” Jones said. “But it was an intermediate and an initial and an important first step to rally support from our alumni, families, students and friends to also give in support of this particular endowment to ensure the future of our ROTC program and students.”The scholarship will be awarded to ROTC participants who demonstrate exceptional performance in academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership qualities, Jones said. Incoming students will be eligible to apply for it through the normal financial aid process.“There may be incremental steps that include getting scholarships out to a small number of students initially based on the criteria I listed [or] it may include giving a percentage of the room and board cost to all students,” Jones said. “Eventually, absolutely it’d be our goal to have room and board covered for [all of] our ROTC students.”The federal government allots a number of ROTC scholarships to Notre Dame annually, but those only cover the cost of tuition and fees and not all of the allotted scholarships are utilized, Jones said.“What we’ve seen happen in recent years is that we’re not as a University maximizing the number of ROTC scholarships at Notre Dame,” Jones said. “And so as a result of that, we work closely with a number of campus partners and we’ve had great success with University donors that are rallying to support a scholarship for room and board for our ROTC students.”At Notre Dame, room and board costs an average of $15,410 per year, according to the Office of Financial Aid website. Junior Sammie Escamilla, an operations assistant at the OMVA, said the goal of the scholarship is to ease the financial burden of many ROTC students who acquire an average of up to $30,000 in student debt due to room and board expenses.“The cost of room and board here at Notre Dame is over $14,000 dollars which is not a little amount at all,” Escamilla said. “So if we’re able to help even one person who wants to come to Notre Dame to fulfill their Notre Dame education with this scholarship while they’re doing ROTC, I think it’s great because we’re setting up the service members … with a great future.”The Notre Dame Trident Naval Society (TNS) was one of the donors that made the endowment possible, Escamilla said, by donating over $3,000. Junior and president of TNS Michael Terranova said in an email that $2,000 of the $3,430 donated from TNS came from the organization’s own funds, while the rest came from money raised on Notre Dame Day. The donations were meant to help “as many cadets and midshipmen as possible,” Terranova said.“This is extremely important to many members of ROTC, because even though some of us are on scholarship from our respective military branches, room and board still presents a sizable financial burden,” he said. “As the endowment grows over the next couple of years, the scholarship will have a very positive impact on many cadets and midshipmen as it will lift some of this burden.”Jones said donors like TNS who contributed to the endowment are helping prolong the legacy of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who was a “champion of supporting ROTC and the military.” The scholarship, named after Fr. Hesburgh, will be built to last and ensure the future of the ROTC program forever, Jones said.“It was that generous donor and the creation of this endowment that inspired our ROTC students who decided to donate their money they raised around ND Day to actually go toward this endowment,” Jones said. “… They know this is a gift that won’t support them, but what they’re investing in is the future of the ROTC program at Notre Dame.”Tags: Military, OMVA, Room and Board, ROTC, scholarship, Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellencelast_img read more

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United never in Mourinho’s thoughts

first_imgNew Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed how he told Sir Alex Ferguson he had no interest in succeeding him at Manchester United. However, Mourinho maintains there was only ever going to be one destination for him this summer, which he happily shared with Ferguson, who also revealed to the Portuguese his own plans to stand down after one last campaign at the helm long before that news became public knowledge. He said: “I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago, and I am so happy with his trust because it was big news for the world – I can imagine that just a very small circle around him knew that, and it was a big responsibility for me to know that. “Why do I know that? Because we are friends, so if I am his friend to know that he is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club I want to coach in England is Chelsea. Of course I told him I want to come to Chelsea.” Mourinho added: “I would have turned down every job in the world, the Manchester United job, everyone, for Chelsea I would turn down every job in the world.” The Portuguese coach, 50, agreed a four-year deal to take over once again at Stamford Bridge after he left Real Madrid at the end of last season. There had been suggestions Mourinho, a Champions League winner with Inter Milan after leaving England almost six years ago, was in the frame for the United post when Ferguson stepped down as well as on Manchester City’s list of potential replacements for the axed Roberto Mancini. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Football News Peru Avenge Copa America Final Loss To Brazil, Understrength Argentina Defeat Mexico

first_img Los Angeles: Peru grabbed a slice of revenge for their loss to Brazil in the Copa America final, defeating the five-time World Cup winners 1-0 in a friendly in Los Angeles. A headed goal from Argentina-based defender Luis Abram was enough to give Peru a hard-fought win over the Brazilians on Tuesday. Brazil, who defeated Peru 3-1 in the final of the Copa America in Rio de Janeiro in July, never got going to the disappointment of a 32,287 crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.The defeat brought an end to Brazil’s 17-game winning streak, a run which started with a victory over the United States just over a year ago.  Brazil coach Tite meanwhile opted against starting Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, four days after he had made a successful return from injury with a goal and an assist in a 2-2 draw with Colombia on Friday. Tite, who had been reluctant to start Neymar in back-to-back games as the striker regains fitness, brought on the PSG forward after 63 minutes in place of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.Neymar attempted to up the tempo in attack, but was unable to break the deadlock, with Brazil, who were also missing Dani Alves and Thiago Silva, struggling to find their usual attacking rhythm. Instead it was Peru who grabbed a winner, Abram rising to meet Yoshimar Yotun’s free-kick to glance in the winner.Also Read | Neymar ‘rape’ case: Rio de Janeiro police wants footballer to testifyLautaro Martinez fired a 22-minute hat-trick as Argentina thrashed Mexico 4-0 in a friendly international in San Antonio.  Inter Milan striker Martinez scored in the 17th, 22nd and 39th minutes at the Alamodome to give Argentina a deserved win over a lacklustre Mexico team on Tuesday. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes scored Argentina’s other goal from the penalty spot after 33 minutes as the South American giants romped into a 4-0 lead at halftime.  Also Read | America and Colombia are all set to co-host Copa America 2020But it was the 22-year-old Martinez who grabbed the headlines with a clinical exhibition of finishing which took his international goals tally to nine in 13 appearances. Martinez opened the scoring in the 17th minute, picking the ball up deep in Mexican territory before twisting and turning past several defenders and firing low past Guillermo Ochoa. Martinez bagged his second five minutes later, with River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios punishing sloppy play in the Mexican defence to send the Inter Milan striker through on goal to finish for 2-0.  A disastrous start for Mexico got worse shortly after the half hour mark when Carlos Salcedo was adjudged to have handled in the area to concede a penalty. Paredes duly stepped up to convert to give Argentina a 3-0 lead. Martinez completed his hat-trick six minutes from half-time, again capitalising on lackadaisical Mexican defending to dart in and shoot past Ochoa.  Argentina were without several first choice regulars, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria all missing from their two-game international tour of North America. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria missed the friendly for Argentina.Brazil’s 17-game winning streak came to an end.Brazil had defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America Final.last_img read more

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