Dear Chapter Members,

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of the details for the Washington, DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc., 2021 R.C. Cartwright Scholarship Program. 

The ROCKS, Inc. was founded in 1974 with one of its goals being to provide professional interactions with ROTC Cadets, and scholarship assistance to high school seniors or college freshmen aspiring to obtain an education that leads to an Army commission. Another goal is to mentor and provide professional development to military Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, and DA civilians GS-12 and above; as well as, provide social interaction with young military officers to strengthen the Officer Corps.  

The ROCKS, DC Chapter operates as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that the U. S. Army recognizes as a premiere influencer providing mentorship to Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, DA Civilians GS-12 and above, and Cadets.  

Per the Washington, DC Chapter’s by-laws, we are also reaching out to local High School Counselors to help identify graduating seniors who participate in a JROTC Program and plans to attend college in the Fall Semester.  As well as, college freshmen currently enrolled in an ROTC Program attending a College or University within the greater Washington, DC area who are direct relatives of a Washington DC Chapter member, and is a graduating high school senior and college-bound.  We also want to identify our talented and goal-oriented young family members in addition to those who have the potential for an officer’s career in the Armed Forces.  

The Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. will be awarding scholarships to deserving students in the categories mentioned above.  We are asking for your help to identify any worthy Senior JROTC Cadets from your High School, Freshmen ROTC Cadets from your College/University ROTC Program, or family member.  We are also asking that you assist those Cadets in preparing a packet to be received by Scholarship Committee no later than May 31, 2021, so that it may be considered in the nomination process. The prerequisites are attached. 

Again, we appreciate your help in helping us recognize our deserving young Americans.  Please contact the Scholarship Committee if you have additional questions –


Leon L. Rogers II

President of the Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, INC.

Army Soliders

2021 Washington D.C. Chapter of The Rocks, Inc. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. Scholarship Program

Due: 30 November 2021, email completed applications to

The Washington DC Chapter of ROCKS, Incorporated is soliciting nominations from Army ROTC Professor of Military Science Departments at colleges and universities in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area for current cadets to be the recipient of the L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. Scholarship this year. 

Based upon the US Army’s “Leadership” Acronym, this opportunity emphasizes a cadet’s leadership, athletic, organizational, and personal achievements. This includes (but is not limited to) specific cadet awards, leadership roles within the university and Army ROTC detachment, and community involvement and extracurricular activities. With the focus of this scholarship on leadership, the cadet must show proof of a GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 point system. 

Professors of Military Science (and designated cadre) are encouraged to send a complete application package to the DC ROCKS Scholarship Chair, listed below. Applications will be screened and prioritized according to the selection criteria outlined in Attachments 1-2. The packet requirements include 1) Cadet Biography, 2) Letter of Recommendation from Professor of Military Science Cadre, and 3) College Transcript (official or unofficial that illustrates proof of enrollment and current GPA). 

West Hamilton Scholarship Prerequisites

  • Must be a High School Senior in Jr ROTC planning to attend college next year or a College Freshmen in Army ROTC.  The award will be sent to the scheduled/attending college/university in the student’s name. 
  • For Washington DC Chapter ROCKS, Inc. members seeking a scholarship for their dependent or relative, your membership status must be current with the Chapter and National. The award will be sent to the planned/attending college/university in the student’s name. 
  • Submit the following information – (points are allotted based on the inclusion and thoroughness of the information and the nominee’s achievements).
  • A description of the Student’s Background (Hometown; High School attending and the College/University they are planning to attend in the Fall; if the student is College/University Freshmen, provide the name of the school attending)
  • Listing of Scholastic/Athletic/Personal Achievements; Awards; School Activities; and all Community Involvement efforts. This information adds to your selection points.
  • Proof of having a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0-point system
  • Written 500-word essay on “Why should young American men and women join the U.S. Military today?”
  • Two (2) written endorsements from either the PMS or High School Jr ROTC Military Advisor and a Representative from the School (Teacher, Professor, Guidance Counselor)
  • For Washington DC Chapter of the Rocks, Inc. member nominations:  the packet must include the name of the Chapter member, relationship to the nominee, and their Chapter member number. Include this information in your student endorsement letter