Brandon Mote, a senior at Kate Duncan Smith DAR High School, will be continuing a long-standing family tradition: A tradition of serving his country and defending the nation.
Brandon recently won an Army ROTC National Scholarship from the U.S. Army Cadet Command, which will ensure that his goal will be achieved. The national scholarship will cover all of his college tuition, fees and books as well as a monthly stipend in return for his service as an Army officer after graduation from college.
Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. As such, winning an Army ROTC scholarship involves a highly competitive application process whereby only the top performing high school students in the nation are ultimately selected.
Brandon will be graduating from DAR High School in May with a 4.2 GPA and will be enrolled in college starting in the fall of 2021. He plans on attending the University of Tennessee at Martin and will be majoring in biology.
Brandon will be immersed in various subjects such as leadership development, military skills, tactics, and career training. The courses take place both in the classroom and in a field environment combined with college academic studies. He will also undergo a rigorous physical fitness regimen while serving as an ROTC cadet. He will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and serve on active duty in the United States Army upon graduation from college.