Meet one of our NROTC Scholarship Recipients!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Posted by: Marissa Cruz
Please enjoy this note from one of our FY2016 NROTC Immediate Scholarship Reservation (ISR) recipients, Patrick Urrutia. For more information on ANSO's NROTC scholarships, please contact ANSO President, Will Rodriguez, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy retired, at email@example.com.
My name is Patrick Urrutia, and I’m from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas. I’m involved in Army JROTC, where I serve as the Brigade Commander and the Chaminade Guard Drill Team Commander. JROTC is my passion, and I’ve truly found my niche in leading people. I’m also involved in my church, participating in teen retreats, Boy Scouts, and assisting teaching Confirmation class. I am also working on my pilot’s license. In all of my extracurricular activities, I strive to become a leader. I feel that knowing how to lead is the most important requirement for serving one’s country. JROTC has taught me to always strive for excellence in everything I do, while maintaining both moral standing and physical fitness. Because I value these things so much, I’ve decided to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. I had the honor of receiving an NROTC scholarship to Texas A&M University; however, after searching deep into myself, I found that USNA would be the best place for me. I plan to study either mathematics or aerospace engineering, since I’ve always had a passion for math and since I want to be a pilot. I also love learning languages, so I plan to minor in Spanish.
I applied for the NROTC scholarship because I knew I wanted to serve in the military after college. It has been something I’ve wanted to do ever since I joined JROTC. Because of my cousin, who is in the Navy, I found that there was an opportunity to have my college paid for by the military. This sounded amazing, since it would take the financial burden off of me and my parents, and it would lead to my dream career in the military. It was the perfect plan, since I also wanted to join the Corps at A&M. I applied to and received the scholarship a few months later, excited for the future.
I want to join the military because I want to be part of something bigger than myself. I want to feel part of a group, united in a common mission. I want to serve my country just like I serve my community in my extracurriculars. Most of all, I felt called by God to a life of service to others before myself. Additionally, the military values things that I value as well, like leadership. The military would be the place where I could reach my fullest potential. I hope to stand on the backs of giants who came before me and continue their legacies.
I first heard about ANSO when I was being interviewed for the scholarship. Admiral Rodriguez told me he was a part of ANSO, an organization that helps increase Hispanic representation in the Navy. He told me about the changes in the ethnic makeup of the Navy that are to come in the future. It was interesting when he told me that half of the Navy may know Spanish in the future. I'm glad to know that Hispanics have the support they need to be successful in the Navy. I'm blessed that the ANSO helped me earn this scholarship. Go Navy!