TAMIU Students Can Learn Leadership Skills, Earn Scholarship This Summer

Texas A&M International University sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students have a unique, free opportunity to learn about what it takes to be a leader while earning a two-year scholarship. This summer, the TAMIU Military Science Department and the U.S. Army are offering an all expenses paid Leader Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Participants will have hands-on leadership training, develop self-confidence and team building skills and participate in adventure training including marksmanship training, rappelling and land navigation. They will also experience the Army's Leadership Reaction Course and learn about decision making.

The Course offers excellent physical training and all expenses, including round trip transportation, meals and lodging, are paid. In addition, participants will earn about $700. All who pass the course will be offered a two-year scholarship, which includes tuition, fees and a $600 per year book allowance plus a monthly stipend of $350 for the first year, and $400 for the second year.

Applicants must be sophomores or above, have a minimum of 54 credit hours and a minimum 2.0 GPA, or if competing for the scholarship, must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have no major civil convictions and be between the ages of 18 and 29.

Finally, applicants must be physically qualified by a medical doctor and must achieve a passing score in each event of the Army Physical Fitness Test: push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 15, 2003. There will be five course dates: Jun 9 - July 6; June 11 - July 8; June 17 - July 14; June 27 - July 24 and June 23 - July 20.

Please contact Dr. Mary J. Payton, TAMIU assistant professor of military science, at 326.2387 or e-mail mpayton@tamiu.edu for more information and application procedures.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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