Army ROTC Cadet, Kawen Huang, received the 2020 Lt. Col. Frank Holt Memorial Army ROTC Scholarship award. Huang is part of the Santa Clara University Bronco Battalion, and was so appreciative of being the recipient, she penned a note to the sons and daughters of the late Lt. Col. Frank Holt, U.S. Army (Ret.), who the award was named after.
“I want to say thank you for being generous and kind to provide a scholarship to ROTC cadets," said Huang. "Some full-time students like me need to work part time [in addition to] ROTC training. The scholarship takes the burden off the cadets’ shoulders.”
Lt. Col. James Holt, U.S. Army (Ret.), AC-1 Stanley M. Holt, U.S. Navy Reserve (Ret.), and Cassandra Holt Ravenscroft, received the note thanking them for the award, which included a $1,000 check and certificate. Huang said she will use the money to help pay for textbooks and other academic expenses.
By working fewer part-time hours, she will be able to focus more effectively on her academic studies and ROTC training. Huang’s scholarship is the seventeenth consecutive award that was started in 2004, the year after Holt died.
The scholarship is in honor of the role Holt played in preserving ROTC on California campuses when the program was threatened with extinction, and is funded by both the Holt family, and Santa Clara County Unified Chapter GW/063.
“At the moment I was notified as an awardee, I was flattered and honored to be the awardee of the Frank Holt Memorial Scholarship," said Huang. "I want to say thank you again. This honor will stay in my heart forever.”