The University of Idaho/Washington Stat University NROTC program offers a variety of scholarships and awards to help offset school costs. Work closely with your Financial Aid advisor to fully understand what your scholarship(s) cover and any financial adjustments that may be made to them to stay in compliance with University Financial Aid policies and regulations.
This is a national scholarship that covers university tuition and books only. The award can be combined with other scholarships but cannot exceed the cost of attendance established by the Financial Aid Office and may be adjusted each year if scholarships or grants exceed the established cost of attendance. Funds from merit based scholarships cannot be used for room and board expenses.
In December 2015, the University of Idaho established a $5,000 room and board scholarship for all U of I NROTC students selected for a national NROTC scholarship or as a College Programmer. The scholarship can be renewed for up to four years per student, as long as the student is a full-time degree seeking undergraduate and living in a University of Idaho residence hall. The award can be combined with other scholarships but cannot exceed the cost of attendance established by the Financial Aid Office and may be adjusted each year if scholarships or grants exceed the established cost of attendance. Funds cannot be used for tuition or book expenses. Work closely with your Financial Aid adviser to fully understand what your scholarship covers and any adjustments that may be made to your scholarships. WSU students are not eligible for this scholarship.
The NROTC class of 1962 established this award in honor of LT Campbell. Every year, the junior class selects a fellow junior that shows superior leadership qualities. In addition, a sword is awarded to a graduating senior who best demonstrates leadership in the Battalion and personifies the leadership traits taught and displayed by LT Campbell.
About CAPT Don Campbell:
While this scholarship, established by the class of 1962, is in remembrance of LT Campbell’s time as a University of Idaho NROTC instructor, he actually attained the rank of Captain. CAPT Campbell was born on 10 January 1932 in Spokane, Washington and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1954 with a degree in Naval Science. Upon graduation CAPT Campbell served three-years on the destroyer USS James E. Keyes (DD-787). Following this tour, CAPT Campbell attended the Submarine School and served on a succession of tours on diesel-electric submarines, ultimately commanding the USS Barbel (SS-580).
Following his submarine tours, CAPT Campbell return to the surface navy and was the Executive Officer aboard USS Leahy (DLG-16) and commanded USS Conyngham (DDG-17) and USS Camden (AOE-2). His sea duty tours were interspersed with a variety of shore assignments to include being Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Idaho.CAPT Campbell retired from the Navy in 1980 and settled in the Seattle area, where he pursued a variety of civilian occupations. CAPT Campbell married Phyllis Olson in 1955, a marriage lasting 53 years until his death in 2009. They had three children and four grandchildren.
Every year, the NROTC staff awards the CDR Roderick Mayer Naval Alumni Scholarship to a student that demonstrates exceptional leadership and superb academic achievements worthy of CDR Mayer.
About CDR Roderick Mayer:
LT CDR Roderick Mayer, USN, graduated from the University of Idaho in 1961, with a degree in mathematics. While in the NROTC Unit, CDR Mayer served as Battalion Executive Officer and was captain of the rifle team. After completing flight school, he was assigned and served on the USS Independence as an F-4 Phantom pilot.CDR Mayer flew a multitude of missions over North Vietnam during his deployment, to include 70 combat missions. On October 17, 1965, LCDR Mayer launched for a day strike mission on the Thai Nguyen Bridge. During the mission, he and his Radar Intercept Officer, LTJG David Wheat, were shot down due to anti-aircraft fire about 55 miles from the city of Tai Nguyen. Both LTJG Wheat (ROI) and CDR Mayer ejected from their aircraft, but CDR Mayer unfortunately could not be located during search and rescue efforts. While the Navy was unsure of his status following his ejection, he was classified as a POW. During this time, LCDR Mayer was promoted to the rank of Commander. CDR Mayer was ultimately classified as KIA, where his EGRESS Report states he “died of severe wounds from ejection.” Today, his flight jacket hangs proudly in the Mayer-Myers Room of Honor at Hays Hall, headquarters of University of Idaho/Washington State University NROTC.
This scholarship is awarded to a standout future Marine officer from with the Unit. Those nominated must show exceptional leadership and academic acumen. Additionally, the nominees should share a love of the outdoors and America’s great natural resources, in keeping with 1st LT Wetherbee’s legacy.
About 1st LT Alex Wetherbee (USMC):
United States Marine Corps 1st Lt. Alexander E. Wetherbee was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program (Marine Option) after his graduation from the University of Idaho.
Assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif., 1st LT Wetherbee served in combat during the drive from Kuwait to Baghdad in March and April 2003. He was with his unit on a second deployment in Iraq when he was killed in action September 12, 2004 while serving in Anbar province in Iraq. 1st LT Wetherbee was a platoon commander leading a unit from the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, near Fallujah.First LT Wetherbee was an active outdoorsman. He enjoyed rock and ice climbing, kayaking, backpacking and other backcountry activities. When not in military training during summers at college, he worked as an Outward Bound instructor.
It is with great honor we pay tribute to Commander Murphy-Sweet’s memory. The ties to our Unit’s heritage and the great leaders it has produced are remembered proudly each Fall as we present the scholarship to a dedicated and deserving student. The scholarship affords the opportunity for a standout midshipman to follow in CDR Murphy-Sweet’s footsteps and pursue their dreams of becoming a true leader in the naval service.
About CDR Philip Murphy-Sweet:
CDR Murphy-Sweet was a 19-year veteran who began his Navy career as a Hospital Corpsman. He earned his commission through the University of Idaho NROTC program and graduated with a degree in communications. CDR Murphy-Sweet served as a Naval Supply Officer.CDR Murphy-Sweet was a Navy Veteran of the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was working as a contracting officer supporting front line coalition troops to ensure they had the supplies they needed to complete their mission. CDR Murphy-Sweet was killed as a result of injuries received by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Russafa District of Baghdad, Iraq on April 7, 2007. CDR Murphy-Sweet was strong in faith and family leaving behind a wife and three children. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Every year, the NROTC staff awards ENS Craig Gmur Memorial Scholarship to a student and future aviator that demonstrates outstanding balance between academics and military responsibilities.
About ENS Craig Gmur:
United States Navy Ensign Craig Gmur was originally from Seattle, WA, commissioned through the U of I/WSU Naval Reserve Officer Training Program. ENS Gmur graduated from Washington State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.ENS Gmur received his wings on 31 August, 2007 and was selected to pilot the Sh-60S “Seahawk” out of NAS North Island, San Diego. Two months later, he was killed in a car accident on 03 November, 2007 at the age of 24.
This endowment is created to recognize the Wilhite's association with the University of Idaho and the impact that higher education, as well as Navy ROTC, has had on their lives. The endowment will provide scholarships to deserving students in the Navy ROTC program at the University of Idaho. The scholarship will be available to full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree offered at the University of Idaho and are participating in the Navy ROTC program. The recipient must meet minimum cumulative grade point average. Additional criteria include, but are not limited to diversity, financial need, and involvement and/or leadership in the Navy ROTC program as well as in other community activities.
Why the Claud and Diana Wilhite Scholarship Endowment was started:
My wife, Diana, and I are blessed to be in a position to assist deserving students of the Navy ROTC at the University of Idaho. Because the Navy ROTC played a very important role in our lives, it is very rewarding to be able to help young men and women to succeed in achieving their educational goals as well as insuring that our country will have outstanding naval leaders. As we can attest, education plays a key role in an individual's future and military training provides a solid foundation for the values that makes our country great.