Local Student Awarded $44K in Army Reserve Scholarship at North Georgia

Hayden Pilgrim studied online with Iowa-based Alpha Omega Academy.

Alpha Omega Academy
Alpha Omega Academy

A Dallas-area student will receive $44,000 in scholarship money through the University of North Georgia, according to a press release.

Hayden Pilgrim, a senior at Iowa-based Alpha Omega Academy, was awarded an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship.

Knowing he wanted to join the army, Pilgrim started studying through AOA’s accredited online learning program in 2010.

“I chose Alpha Omega Academy instead of traditional homeschooling as I knew I wanted a career in the U.S. Army, and the accreditation it offered would help on my path to attend a state college and receive an ROTC scholarship,” Pilgrim said.

While researching career options, Pilgrim discovered both the Army ROTC program and the University of North Georgia, a designated state leadership institution and one of six Senior Military Colleges in the country.

Upon learning that UNG has one of the top Corps of Cadets programs in the nation, Pilgrim decided to apply.

“Alpha Omega Academy was quite helpful in my application to UNG and for the ROTC scholarship,” Pilgrim said. “Through their accreditation, my education was given validity with the Army.”

During his time with AOA, Pilgrim has enjoyed learning from teachers who live in a different region of the United States. Pilgrim also said he appreciates the freedom AOA’s online learning gave him to work ahead and advance at his own pace.

Distributed over the course of three years, Pilgrim’s Army ROTC scholarship provides a monthly stipend and helps cover expenses associated with obtaining an education through UNG. Upon graduating from the university, scholarship recipients serve as commissioned second lieutenants in the Regular Army for four years.

“I look forward to learning more about Military Science and leadership at the University of North Georgia,” Pilgrim said. “I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for seven years, and during that time I have held many leadership positions and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, but there is still more I can learn at UNG to improve as a leader. I feel very blessed to have…the opportunity to receive higher education, serve my country to the best of my ability, and pursue what I feel led by God to do.”

About Alpha Omega Academy

Fully accredited by NCA CASI, Alpha Omega Academy is a K-12 online Christian school that serves nearly 3,000 students across the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. AOA offers Bible-based lessons that integrate a Christian worldview throughout all subjects and grade levels. For more information, visit aoacademy.com or call 800-682-7396.


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