Jasmyne Williams, a senior at N.C. Wesleyan College and a 2010 graduate of Rocky Mount’s Northern Nash High School, earned an ROTC college scholarship based on her recent “high performance” ranking at the U.S. Army’s four-week Leadership Training Course in Fort Knox, Ken. Her scholarship will cover tuition and fees at Wesleyan for two years.
“I definitely tried my very best,” Williams said. “I didn’t expect it, but I like it!” she said of her scholarship award.
Williams joined the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) at Wesleyan in her junior year. She plans to graduate from Wesleyan in 2015 after completing a double major in psychology and sociology, with a minor in business administration. “I plan to go into the Army after graduation, and I’ll go in as a Second Lieutenant,” she said. “We can choose what job – or what’s known as an MOS in the military – we want to go into, so I would like to do something relating to either of my majors.”
The Army’s Leadership Training Course is the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. It is an intensive introduction to Army life and the responsibilities of serving as an officer. Training is designed to enhance leadership characteristics by building confidence and decision-making abilities.
“I enjoyed the field training, the physical aspects, the basics of what it means to be a soldier, and the drill and ceremony,” Williams said. “Through the learning process, I’m definitely glad I’m making connections with other cadets.”
Williams said she also enjoyed coming together with her fellow cadets for Wesleyan’s annual military ball. “That’s time for everyone to celebrate and enjoy what we’ve done throughout the year,” she said.