Oct. 23, 2018
Patrick Counihan, a sophomore marketing major from Bethel Park, has received an Army ROTC Minuteman Scholarship, which entitles him to full tuition, room and board, as well as a monthly stipend. Counihan is the first student from Saint Vincent College to receive an ROTC scholarship.
The ROTC evaluated Counihan’s GPA, leadership in the program, community involvement and physical training before qualifying him to be a candidate for the scholarship.
In August, he completed a 13-week basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After the fall semester began, he was notified that he was being awarded the scholarship.
Attending the Oct. 4 award ceremony were his mother (Janis Counihan), father (Edward Counihan), fellow cadets (Joe Heldrich, Andi McGinnis, Demontay Williamson, Anthony Menesses and Chris Iorio), instructors Sergeant Michael Mason and Major Timothy Moreau and Saint Vincent College ROTC representative Dr. Eric Kocian.
Counihan plans to get his degree in marketing at Saint Vincent College and hopes to be sent on a combat deployment as an infantry officer upon his graduation.
The Saint Vincent College ROTC cohort, in its first year of reactivation, currently includes eight members: one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen, two of whom also have scholarships pending.
Photo 1: From left, Major Timothy Moreau and Patrick Counihan
Photo 2: From left, Dr. Eric Kocian, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Dr. Gary Quinlivan, Dean of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government; Patrick Counihan; and Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., President of Saint Vincent College
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