Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Francis Okonski has earned a four-year Army ROTC scholarship to attend Widener University. The $192,000 scholarship is a highly competitive award that comes with an eight-year commitment to serve in the Army. That commitment may be served in the Army full time for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve.
At Widener, Okonski will carry a normal academic schedule but also take part in the Army ROTC elective program. The four-year elective program includes courses that teach things such as leadership development, military skills and adventure training and takes place in the classroom and in the field.
During high school, Okonski has participated in cross country and track and has been a team captain in both sports. He plans to major in Political Science and International Relations at Widener.