A 2020 Southern Wayne High graduate and Air Force JROTC Cadet has officially been awarded a full 4-year scholarship covering all college expenses and will earn a commission in the United States Air Force or United States Space Force upon graduation from Fayetteville State University. Over the holiday break, Quyana Vann Leonard signed a contract with the United States Air Force in acceptance of the ROTC scholarship.
“This is a huge achievement for a cadet and a very big deal for Ms. Vann Leonard and her family,” states SWH AFJROTC instructor, Col George W. Schantz, Jr., USAF (Ret). “Ms. Vann Leonard is the one of the first WCPS graduates in over a decade to have received the Air Force scholarship. The four year scholarship will cover all of her tuition and fees, and provide a stipend for her expenses.”
Ms. Vann Leonard is studying computer science at FSU. She is also attending Air Force ROTC classes. Upon graduation, she will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and required to serve as a military officer for at least four years.
“Ms. Vann Leonard learned she was eligible to receive the scholarship last summer, but had to meet several requirements her first semester in college before it could be officially awarded,” adds Col Schantz.
In addition to having graduated high school as a AFJROTC cadet with at least a 3.0 and a recommendation from their AFJROTC instructor, scholarship recipients must have passed an Armed Forces Physical, meet Air Force fitness standards, and successfully pass the Air Force Officer Qualification Test, which is currently a 5 hour test similar to the SAT. A cadet’s academic performance in college is also considered before a scholarship can be officially awarded.
Photos of Quyana Vann Leonard signing the contract with the United States Air Force in acceptance of the ROTC scholarship (Photos provided by WCPS)