Alpha Omega Academy senior Hayden Pilgrim has been awarded an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship in the amount of $44,000 through the University of North Georgia.
Following his dream of joining the army, the Georgian began homeschooling through AOA’s online learning program in 2010 from his home in the Dallas-Acworth area.
“I chose Alpha Omega Academy instead of traditional homeschooling as I knew I wanted a career in the U.S. Army, and the accreditation it offered would help on my path to attend a state college and receive an ROTC scholarship,” said Pilgrim, who graduates this spring.
While researching careers, he discovered both the ROTC program and the University of North Georgia. One of six Senior Military Colleges in the country, UNG also boasts one of the nation’s top Corp of Cadets programs. Pilgrim applied.
“Alpha Omega Academy was quite helpful in my application to UNG and for the ROTC scholarship,” Pilgrim said. “Through their accreditation, my education was given validity with the Army.”
As an AOA student, Pilgrim enjoyed learning from teachers in different regions of the United States. He also appreciated the freedom to work ahead and advance at his own pace.
Distributed over three years, his Army ROTC scholarship will provide a monthly stipend to help cover educational expenses. After graduating from UNG, Pilgrim will serve as commissioned second lieutenants in the Regular Army for four years.
“I look forward to learning more about Military Science and leadership at the University of North Georgia,” he said. “I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for seven years, and during that time I have held many leadership positions and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, but there is still more I can learn at UNG to improve as a leader. I feel very blessed to have...the opportunity to receive higher education, serve my country to the best of my ability, and pursue what I feel led by God to do.”