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Travis High School Senior Receives $200,000 National Naval ROTC Scholarship

(FORT BEND ISD) – Travis High School senior Haden Rider received the highly-competitive National Naval ROTC Scholarship which pays for him to attend an approved Navy ROTC college or university of his choice and then enter the Navy as an officer after he graduates.

Executive Officer of the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Houston David Schaller presented a $200,000 scholarship check to Rider in front of family and friends, campus staff, district leaders and his JROTC classmates. Rider joined Travis High School’s Marine Corp JROTC as a freshman. THS Marine Corp JROTC instructor Major Frederick Hunt has seen great growth in him over the past four years, both personally and professionally. “Not only does he excel in his own performance but has the unique ability to elevate the performance and morale of the other cadets. He is a selfless and dedicated individual who prioritizes the collective success and well-being of the team over his personal interests and recognition,” Hunt said. “He will undoubtedly have success in whatever endeavor he chooses; we are all better for him choosing the U.S. Navy, as he will make a fine officer.” Schaller also presented Major Hunt an Impact Influencer Award for the leadership, mentorship and guidance he provides to his students including Rider. Hunt encouraged Rider to apply for the scholarship and helped him through the application process. Rider, who is the son of Fort Bend ISD Police Chief David Rider, will attend Texas A&M University next fall to study mechanical engineering. While earning his bachelor’s degree he will undergo a rigorous training program during his commission as a naval officer. More than 5,000 students apply for the scholarship each year; the U.S. Navy awards 1,200.

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