Megan Carey ’22 Receives Army ROTC Scholarship, Otterbein Award to Continue Education

Posted Mar 13, 2019

Megan Carey '22 receives Army ROTC scholarship


Otterbein offers students the opportunity to pursue a passion to serve their country without the burden of student debt. The Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) allows students to obtain an officer’s commission with a bachelor’s degree in their preferred field.

On Monday, March 11, Megan Carey, a first-year athletic training major and hurdler on the track and field team, received a three and a half year scholarship valued at over $128,000 from Army ROTC, which covers the cost of full tuition and fees for her remaining time at Otterbein, plus books, and a monthly stipend. In addition, Otterbein presented Carey with a scholarship for room and board.

“This is all so very humbling,” Carey said. “It has taken me a lot to get to this point with studying, exams and training for hurdles. I’m very grateful that I have been given this opportunity to continue my education and athletics as well as serve my country and follow my family’s military service tradition.”

Carey’s father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather are all members of the armed forces.

When she was awarded this scholarship, her parents Chuck and Emily Carey, professors, teammates, friends and the Otterbein community were present at the ceremony.

Otterbein has the third most students in the Army ROTC Crusader Battalion located in Central Ohio. There are eight total schools in the battalion.

“This scholarship is really an extension of Megan’s performance and mentality we see from her in the classroom and on the field,” said Lt. Col. Jason Jajack, professor of military science with the Crusader Battalion. “She will bring those lessons with her and we couldn’t be more pleased having her help represent our ROTC program and defend our country.”

Carey is the 16th contract and 15th scholarship given by Army ROTC Crusader Battalion this academic year, culminating in over $1.5 million in awards.

If you are interested in learning more about Otterbein’s ROTC program, and how you can become eligible for scholarships at Otterbein, visit the financial aid website.