ROTC Programs Growing at Saint Leo

August 31, 2015

(Left-to-right: Corina Rimiller, junior; Monica Figueroa-Santiago, freshman; Peyton Farrier, sophomore; and Christopher Scarfogliero, freshman).

With the revitalization of the U.S. Air Force ROTC program at Saint Leo University, the university now boasts two college programs for students who are training to become military officers. The renewed Air Force ROTC joins the existing U.S. Army ROTC program.

Part of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 158 located at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Saint Leo’s program enjoys a “crosstown” agreement that dates back over 30 years to 1982 when the partnership was initially established.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares students to become commissioned Air Force officers while earning college degrees. There are currently four students enrolled in the program at University Campus.

“In collaboration with USF, we are excited to restore the Air Force ROTC program at University Campus,” said Dr. Carol Walker, dean of the School of Education & Social Services, who oversees the ROTC program at Saint Leo. “This program helps students make the most of their college experience. Among many other things, ROTC provides leadership development, analytical skills, and physical fitness training. It afford individuals with rewards that last a lifetime.”

The Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that help relieve the financial burden of a college education. A variety of full and partial scholarships are available and cover tuition and most lab fees, an annual textbook allowance, and a monthly cash stipend. Certain scholarships have specific requirements. Those pursuing a STEM program of study—science, technology, engineering, and math—are particularly encouraged to apply for an Air Force ROTC scholarship.

Saint Leo University has a longstanding partnership with the military. For more than four decades it has remained committed to the men and women who serve or have served our nation by working to meet their educational needs and promote their success. In 2013, the university celebrated its 40th anniversary of offering educational opportunities to members of the U.S. armed forces.

For more information about the U.S. Air Force ROTC program, contact: Adam L. Beck, Capt., USAF, assistant professor of aerospace studies, University of South Florida, at (813) 974-0147 or

The U.S. Army ROTC program contact is Capt. Fernando L. Sostre Aleman, assistant professor of military science, Saint Leo University, at (352) 588-8685 or