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The Sgt. Rodney M. Davis, USMC (MOH) Memorial Scholarship

Application & Renewal Deadline: March 15th at 12:00pm (noon) 

 

Background

Why Sgt. Rodney M. Davis lunged atop that enemy grenade at the expense of his own life on Sept. 6, 1967 is the quintessential question that has haunted not only those who stood closest to him at that critical moment, but his own family and friends as well for more than four decades.

Why would a young man with a beautiful young wife and two infant children eagerly awaiting his return home from Vietnam commit such a noble and courageous, yet sacrificial act? And for Marines he barely knew? And for a country that often treated him like a second-class citizen at the time?

Born the second-oldest of five children born to Ruth Amanda and Gordon Davis, Sr., Sgt. Rodney M. Davis had lived an exemplary life of honor, courage and commitment long before receiving a U.S. Marine Corps emblem signifying his embodiment of such traits. Looking after his siblings and others who needed help in fending for themselves had been his life’s calling.  He would do no less for his new brothers in the U.S. Marine Corps.

It takes a special man with a unique devotion to his country to defend it even though it has denied him full rights as a citizen.  It takes an even more extraordinary one still to willingly sacrifice his own life for that country.

That Sgt. Rodney M. Davis did so without hesitation so as to spare the lives of his fellow Marines speaks volumes about the man, his principles and his unflinching courage even in the face of certain death. Color didn't matter at all at least in that steamy sliver of the world thousands of miles away as each man depended on one another for survival no matter their race, creed or pedigree. They were all Marines, and eternal brothers-in-arms.

Sgt. Rodney M. Davis wasn’t perfect by any means, but remained true to his convictions, ultimately at the expense of his own life.  Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

For more information about Sgt. Davis please click here.

Purpose

To help a JROTC cadet from a Bibb County High School in Macon, Georgia, by providing a scholarship for higher education. 

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduating senior from Bibb County High School in Macon, Georgia.
  • Must be or have been a JROTC cadet in a Bibb County High School.
  • Must be accepted to an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational school at the time of receiving the scholarship.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply or to be eligible for scholarship renewal.
  • Must demonstrate a record of community service or service to others.
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Must submit an official transcript at the end of each semester.

Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Preference will be given to JROTC cadets who participated in the program for 2 or more years during their high school career.
  • Demonstrated record of community service, voluntarism and high moral character.

 

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the Sgt. Davis Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • A short essay response describing how the courage, commitment and sacrifice of Sgt. Rodney M. Davis, USMC (MOH) have inspired you.
  • Provide one reference who will provide a recommendation. This should come from the student’s JROTC advisor.
  • A resume listing your school and community activities, athletics, awards, offices held and other relevant experiences. 
  • Your most recent high school transcript - you must request this from your current school. 
  • Family Financial Information - the applicant must submit one of the following:
    • A current, submitted FAFSA Student Aid Report that indicates the value of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right hand corner. If this value is not shown, your application will be considered incomplete. 
    • If you did not apply for FAFSA, please submit a copy of your parent/guardian's most recent IRS Form-1040.

Awards

  • Amount of Awards: Varies, Initially $1,000 a year, renewable for up to 4 years.
  • Number of Awards per Year: One

Renewal Information

A prior recipient of the Sgt. Rodney M. Davis, USMC (MOH) Memorial Scholarship is eligible to renew the scholarship for up to four years of their undergraduate education career by submitting a scholarship renewal form and official transcript annually.  Renewals will be based on the following criteria:

  • Maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA. 
    • The recipient is allowed one probationary period if their cumulative GPA falls below 3.0.  If they raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or greater by the following semester, they will continue to be eligible to renew this scholarship.
    • If the student’s cumulative GPA is below 3.0 for two semesters, they are no longer eligible for the renewal of the scholarship.