BBB Pacific Southwest and SRP award $22K to JROTC Cadets and programs
By Brian O'Malley -
Monday Jun 26, 2023
Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB), Salt River Project (SRP), and Phoenix Military and Veterans Commission Foundation honored 12 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) students and their programs as part of BBB’s Ethical Cadet Scholarship Program. Recipient cadets are awarded for their leadership, character, commitment to service and actions that go beyond the call of duty.
In its fifth year, the scholarship program has now awarded $100K to local AZ high school students and their JROTC programs. For the first time, two sisters from Basha High School were also selected as BBB Ethical Cadet scholarship recipients, along with four additional winners from the school capturing the most awarded scholarships to date.
“My JROTC program has taught me how to lead and take charge as well as how I can do things that can make a lasting impact on people’s lives. I was excited but also in disbelief because I didn’t expect to win a scholarship,” said Kate Sackett.
“I was truly in shock to win because five minutes before I got the phone call, my sister and I were already celebrating her accomplishment. Being a BBB Ethical Cadet means a lot to me because of the contribution it provides to my JROTC program to make improvements and an impact in our community,” shared Lillian Sackett.
BBB Ethical Cadet Scholarship Winners for 2022-2023 School Year
Cory Brewer from Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson
Ramiro Felix from Westview High School in Avondale
Jake Johnson from Skyline High School in Mesa
Lorilynn Kehaulani Nixon from Basha High School in Chandler
Kristina Lynn Mountz from Basha High School in Chandler
Kate Sackett from Basha High School in Chandler
Lillian Sackett from Basha High School in Chandler
Michael Shin from Hamilton High School in Chandler
Ryann Terrell from Basha High School in Chandler
Ryan Tran from Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson
Taylani Tran from Basha High School in Chandler
Jayden Anthony Weingarten from Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek
“The $6K scholarship donated to our JROTC program will go towards providing unique opportunities for cadets to experience leadership and aerospace opportunities outside of the classroom. This includes field trips and equipment to expand their horizons in both the military and civilian aerospace worlds. We are very grateful for the efforts and contributions of Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest and its partners in providing these scholarships every year,” shared Clifford Stansell, Colonel, USAF (Ret)/Basha High School AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
Arizona high school students who are enrolled in a JROTC program within SRP’s service area, while maintaining a GPA of at least 2.75, were eligible to apply for the scholarship. Students submitted a recommendation letter by a JROTC staff member or school representative and winners were selected based on their essay submission. Scholarship winners win a $1K scholarship and an additional $1K scholarship is awarded to their school’s JROTC program. Winning essays explored the students' leadership, character, and commitment to service. Applications will open in August 2023 on cadet.bbbcommunity.org.
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