Three Rivers Composite Squadron senior member awarded $25,000 AFROTC scholarship

Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Cody McCallum was awarded a three-year Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Type 2 scholarship worth approximately $25,000 to continue his education through Angelo State University’s AFROTC Detachment 847.

Presenting the check to Air Force ROTC Cadet 4th Class Cody McCallum were Angelo State University ROTC Detachment 847 Commander, Lt. Col. Scott Partin and Angelo State University Dean of College of Business, Dr. Clifton Jones. Photo by Angelo State University AFROTC Cadet 3rd Class Wyatt Bersch.

Presenting the check to Air Force ROTC Cadet 4th Class Cody McCallum were Angelo State University ROTC Detachment 847 Commander, Lt. Col. Scott Partin and Angelo State University Dean of College of Business, Dr. Clifton Jones. Photo by Angelo State University AFROTC Cadet 3rd Class Wyatt Bersch.

Lt. McCallum is a member of the Three Rivers Composite Squadron in Grape Creek.  He joined CAP in 2006 at the age of 12, reaching the rank of cadet major and upon turning 21 he became a senior member.

As a cadet, he attend nine encampments, eight as a staff member to include serving as encampment commander for New Mexico Wing in 2012. He also attended National Blue Berets in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2013 and traveled to England as a member of the International Air Cadet Exchange program in 2015.

McCallum continues to be an active member of the squadron while continuing his education.  He is currently majoring in Intelligence, security studies and analysis and plans to be a pilot in the Air Force.

He attributes much of his success in the program at this point to his time in the Civil Air Patrol.  “CAP has been my biggest help in ROTC.  I was able to start a few steps ahead of my peers,” said McCallum.  “There’s no way I would’ve earned a full scholarship without my CAP experience.  Good grades, CAP experience and hard work were the biggest factors in earing this scholarship.”

Lt. McCallum received the scholarship through the AFROTC In-College Scholarship Program.   By accepting the scholarship he agreed to the following:

  • Enroll in the academic major for which the scholarship is offered
  • Complete a 24-day summer field training course at Maxwell AFB, Alabama sometime between his sophomore and junior years
  • Complete an AFROTC General Military Course his freshman and sophomore years and the Professional Officer Course his junior and senior years.
  • Accept a commission as an Air Force officer and serve at least four years on active duty.