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SSG Adrian Valdez Jr. Memorial Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Aug 15, 2023
Winners Announced
Sep 15, 2023
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Areas of Interest:
JROTC, ROTC, or Military service
Education Level:
High school juniors or seniors, or undergraduate students

SSG Adrian Valdez Jr. was a United States Army Non-Commissioned Officer who served honorably during his time of service. 

Adrian was sadly killed in the Line of Duty serving his country on July 18, 2022. SSG Valdez was a family man who exhibited the highest amounts of courage, sacrifice, and honor that anyone could hold. 

This scholarship seeks to honor the sacrifice of SSG Adrian Valdez Jr. by supporting JROTC & ROTC cadets and/or students who are interested in a career in the military, as they pursue higher education to protect our country. 

High school juniors or seniors with an interest and/or has participated in JROTC are eligible to apply. Additionally, undergraduate students with an interest and/or has participated in ROTC are eligible to apply. Lastly, any students who are interested in a military service career may apply for this scholarship as well.

To apply, tell us how you have endured a sacrifice that has prepared you to carry on SSG Valdez’s legacy.

Selection Criteria:
Bravery, Honor, Sacrifice
Published February 15, 2023
Essay Topic

SSG Adrian Valdez Jr. was an exceptional father, son, brother, and husband who paid the ultimate price in honor of serving his country. He was known for his leadership, honor, and generosity to his peers and subordinates. In what ways have you endured a sacrifice that will allow you to contribute to SSG Valdez's attributes and carry on his legacy with this memorial scholarship?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Tochukwu Chukwuemeka
Lone Star College SystemShenandoah, TX
Military service is an extraordinary undertaking that demands immense dedication, sacrifice, and resilience. Even as I move forward in my career as a soldier, I reflect upon my journey. I am compelled to share the story of a profound sacrifice I endured during my time in Basic training and beyond. It was a test of strength, both physical and emotional, and a testament to the unwavering commitment I hold to my country and the values it upholds. Enlisting in the military was a decision born out of a deep sense of duty and a desire to serve something greater than myself. I believed in the principles and ideals upon which my country was built, and I felt an obligation to protect and defend them, and on a small scale, help uplift my community and those around me. It was with unwavering resolve that I embarked on this path, ready to make sacrifices to safeguard the freedoms and values we hold dear. My sacrifice manifested itself when I received orders for Fort Jackson, SC. It meant leaving behind everything familiar, bidding farewell to loved ones, and stepping into the unknown. The weight of this separation was heavy, knowing that I would miss significant moments with family and friends, birthdays, holidays, and everyday moments of laughter and companionship, at the same time there was a sense of excitement because I knew I would encounter and learn many new and exciting things, and come out a different person. Yet, I recognized that sacrifice was an inherent part of military service, and I embraced it wholeheartedly, knowing that my commitment to duty required such sacrifice. In addition to the emotional toll of separation, I encountered numerous physical and emotional challenges during my time at Fort Jackson and Fort Lee. The demanding nature of military operations pushed me to my limits both mentally and physically. The harsh conditions, long hours, and constant vigilance required unwavering resilience and an indomitable spirit. I faced adversity head-on, navigating through difficult circumstances with fortitude and determination. During my time there, I also heard stories about the sacrifices of my fellow servicemen and women. I saw that their comrades put their lives on the line, displaying acts of bravery and selflessness that left an indelible mark on my heart. Their sacrifices, sometimes even the ultimate sacrifice, served as a constant reminder of the gravity of our mission and the sacrifices we were all willing to make in the pursuit of a greater cause, It also reminded me that through the training we do, the same expectation will be put upon us to take up arms for the country and put our lives on the line, as the people before us once did. The hardships I endured shaped me into a stronger, more resilient individual. They taught me the value of teamwork, adaptability, and perseverance. Through that, I developed a profound appreciation for the intangible qualities of service—integrity, honor, and selflessness. As I look forward to my career as a soldier, I am humbled by the sacrifices made by countless service members who have answered the call to serve. It is through their sacrifices, and the collective sacrifices of those who came before us, that we can cherish the liberties and freedoms we hold dear. My enduring sacrifice is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the men and women who serve, and a reminder that the pursuit of a greater cause often requires us to rise above ourselves. In the end, my sacrifice was not an act of heroism, but rather a commitment to a higher purpose.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on Sep 15, 2023.

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