SUNY Potsdam student and Clarkson Army ROTC Cadet Justin Westbrook of Calcium recently was presented the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Memorial Fund Scholarship at the Annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Convention held in Washington, D.C.
The $2,000 scholarship was established in honor of the highest-ranking officer killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. The scholarship presented at the Annual ROTC Luncheon is awarded to two Green to Gold Cadets nationally.
General Maude’s widow, Teri, and daughter, Karen presented Westbrook with the award at the luncheon. The Maude Foundation and the AUSA paid for the four-day trip for Westbrook; his wife, Leisa; and sons, Reagan and Carter.
During his trip to Washington D.C., Westbrook had the opportunity to attend the AUSA Convention, do a lot of site seeing and meet several of the Army’s senior leaders, including the army chief of staff and secretary of the army.
Lt. Gen. Maude, a three-star general, was deputy chief of staff for personnel for the U.S. Army. At the time of his death he was working on Green to Gold, a program that allows active duty enlisted soldiers the opportunity to attend college and be commissioned as officers through the Army ROTC Program.
With the support of Lt. Gen. Maude’s family and the Army Chief of Staff, the memorial scholarship fund has been established in General Maude’s honor to continue his efforts to “take care of soldiers.” The memorial fund will provide resources to assist soldiers enrolled in the U.S. Army’s Green to Gold program.
Westbrook is currently a senior economics major. Prior to selection for the Green to Gold program, Westbrook served in the U.S. Army for six years. His last duty was serving with the Second Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, as an Arabic Linguist in the Second Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
Westbrook has served as an Arabic Linguist at Fort Hood, TX, and Fort Drum. After graduation next May, Westbrook plans to commission as a Military Intelligence Officer.