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Major David L. Carter Scholarship Fund

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

 

Background

David L. Carter enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 and was assigned to duty in Tokyo, Japan in January 1948, as part of General Douglas MacArthur’s staff. He was discharged in 1953, only to re-enlist in 1955 with his Reserve rank of Sergeant First Class, and assigned to Ft. Benning as Operations NCO of the Special Troops Command.

In November 1962, Captain Carter was selected to command the largest single JROTC unit in the nation as Commanding Officer of Lanier High School for Boys, which had more than 1,300 cadet students. Lanier High School was later designated Central High, where now Major Carter was named the Senior Army Instructor. Under his leadership, both Lanier and Central were recognized as one of the best Army JROTC units in the country.

In order to instill military skills competition among other ROTC units, Major Carter initiated the first competition of Drill Teams in Georgia, and founded the Southeastern Drill meet, hosting the very first competition on the Lanier Drill Field. Macon, Georgia became well known by its Golden Boots winning seven first place National titles in precision drill. Central ROTC also had top rifle marksmanship teams, winning State championships numerous times and winning one National championship.

One of his favorite quotations during his tenure was “Maximum Emphasis Is On Everything!” which resulted in Lanier/Central JROTC being selected at the very minimum as Honor Unit every year of his Command.

Major Carter’s Maximum Emphasis” also included his public service. He served as an elected official in Macon for 18 years as a City Councilman, and his civic duty culminated with his appointment as Mayor of Macon in 1995. Upon his retirement in 1990, a monument was erected by the Bibb County Board of Education naming the Lanier/Central Drill field in his honor.

He retired with the rank of Major following a storied career of 21 years of active Federal service and another 22 years continued service as a retired Officer/Teacher/Mentor as the Central High School Senior Army Instructor.

Purpose

To provide a college scholarship to a JROTC cadet who is a graduating senior from Central High School in Macon, Georgia. 

Eligibility

  • Must be a JROTC cadet from Central High School in Macon, Georgia.
  • Must be a graduating senior from Central High School, Macon, Georgia.
  • Must be accepted to an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational school. 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  • Must exemplify Major Carter’s favorite quote “Maximum Emphasis is on Everything” by being a well-rounded student in academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, part-time work, or service to others.

Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Preference will be given to JROTC cadets who have participated in the program for two or more years during their high school career.
  • Demonstrated positive record in academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, part-time work, or service to others.
  • Potential to succeed 
  • Personal character
  • Demonstrated Financial Need
  • Academic success 

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the Major David L. Carter Scholarship and complete the following additional information:

  • A short essay response describing how you exemplify Major Carter’s favorite quote “Maximum Emphasis Is On Everything” by being a well-rounded student in academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, part-time work, or service to others.
  • Attach one letter of recommendation from the student’s JROTC advisor that comments on the student’s participation in JROTC (length of service and commitment), their record of community service and voluntarism, and their moral character.

Awards

Amount of Awards: $500 per year, eligible for renewal for up to four years for a potential $2,000 scholarship.

Number of Awards per year:  One 

Renewal Information

A prior recipient of the Major David L. Carter 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.