AUSA Announces 2021 JROTC Scholarship Recipient

AUSA Announces 2021 JROTC Scholarship Recipient

Photo by: Army Reserve/Master Sgt. Ryan Matson

The winner of the 2021 Lt. Gen. Theodore G. Stroup Jr. Achievement Award is Alanis Hilario Serrano, a student at the University of Puerto Rico, the Association of the U.S. Army has announced.

Named for Stroup, a former AUSA vice president of education who is now an AUSA senior fellow, the program recognizes JROTC cadets for their achievements. It also aims to “engage the next generation of Soldiers and DoD stakeholders at a young age” and “promote their growth into mature members of the defense community,” according to AUSA. 

Hilario Serrano won this year’s award with her essay, “Maintaining An Apolitical Army.” 

In her essay, Hilario Serrano defended the need for an apolitical military, writing, “without an apolitical military, the division of political parties would cause the military to default in its constitutional obligation.” 

Hilario Serrano, who grew up in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, attended the Antilles Military Academy throughout her education and joined the JROTC program in high school. She served as the school’s battalion commander, graduating as a colonel. She is now studying at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. 

Read her essay here.

For more information on the scholarship award, click here.