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A McKeesport Area High School senior has been awarded one of the nation’s most competitive scholarships, the U.S. Marine Corps has announced.
At a ceremony Friday evening, Aaron Elm received the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Marine Option Scholarship. Elm, of White Oak, is the son of Aaron and Julie Elm.
The NROTC Marine Option Scholarship is one of the most competitive in the country, said Marine Capt. Noah Andersen, executive officer for Marine Recruiting Station Pittsburgh.
“Applicants must complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test with competitive scores on each, as well as possess the leadership potential expected of a Marine Corps officer,” said Andersen. “Elm’s selection places him among the top 10% nationwide and the only applicant from the Pittsburgh Area.”
Elm earned the scholarship after earning an overall score of 93 on the ASVAB, 1230 on the SAT, and 273 out of 300 points on the PFT, a spokesperson said.
“I’m excited to go to college and be a part of something bigger at the same time,” Elm said. “I know it will be challenging, but I can’t wait to serve my country while developing myself as a leader for later in life.”
Elm said he plans to study engineering or finances and hopes to be an F-35B Lighting II pilot after commissioning as a Marine Corps officer.
For more information about the NROTC scholarship, visit rmi.marines.com
Originally published January 21, 2022.