One Proviso East High School graduate from the class of 2010 has made history as the very first Proviso East student to be offered a Naval Academy Scholarship covering full tuition and offering a career as a U.S. Naval Officer.
Class of 2010 graduate Ashli Satterfield, who was a member of East’s NJROTC, stood at attention on Friday, August 27th with her fellow cadets as a representative from the United States Navy presented a “big check” for $180,000.
“Each year the United States Navy awards four-year Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarships to superbly qualified high school students throughout the country,” said U.S. Navy Senior Chief Regina Hawley. “The Naval Service Training Command takes great pleasure in presenting this four year naval reserve scholarship to Ashli Satterfield in recognition of her superior achievement.”
Satterfield will now go on to attend Loyola University for nursing. Upon graduation she will serve as a reserve officer for the Navy. Officials watched as Satterfield accepted her award. They all applauded her efforts. Proviso East Principal Milton Patch says that Satterfield is well deserving of her scholarship award. She is leader in NJROTC and in the classroom.
“I am extremely proud of Ashli,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “She has done a fantastic job throughout her high school career. The U.S. Navy and Loyola are going to be fortunate to have her. She has the heart and dedication it takes to succeed.”
Satterfield accepted the scholarship with glee. She said she looks forward to heading off to school and to serving in the U.S. Navy, but she also had a special message for her fellow members of NJROTC.
“I am so overjoyed that I got this scholarship,” she said. “I’m so thankful that I got this scholarship because I worked really hard. I put in a lot of time and hard work and it paid off. Since I’m standing here with this check, right in front of your face, that is how you know that you can do it. You have what it takes.”
The NROTC Scholarship Program will provide Satterfield with full paid tuition. It covers the cost of all additional educational and lab fees, a stipend for text books, and a subsistence allowance each academic month. The program is purposely designed to train students for service as commissioned officers in the United States Navy and Marine Corps, something that Satterfield says she looks forward to.
Congratulations Ashli! We are proud of you!