Howell student receives full scholarship to Hawaii after JROTC work

HOWELL – Noah Flores, a Howell High School graduate, is heading to the University of Hawaii this fall on a full scholarship thanks to a prestigious national Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp scholarship he earned through his work with the school's Air Force JROTC.

The scholarship includes an annual book stipend, a monthly stipend, and summer training cruises with naval officers to gain practical experience. He plans to major in marine biology.

“I have been interested in the Navy since my sophomore year of high school,” Flores said. “It has always been my goal to serve in the military.”

To qualify for the scholarship, Flores had to achieve the required SAT/ACT score, complete multiple interviews with various military personnel and civilian workers, and be considered medically qualified by the U.S. Department of Defense. He also considered Ohio State University, but chose Hawaii because it gave him better access to marine studies.

“I have always loved the water and am fascinated by the things that live deep in the ocean,” Flores said. “(Hawaii) was on my travel list, so I can cross that off my list.”

After earning his bachelor's degree, Flores becomes a second lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. After boot camp, he hopes to become a Marine pilot. His JROTC experience should also qualify him for a higher salary once he completes his undergraduate studies.

According to Chief Master Stg, receiving the prestigious scholarship is a testament to Flores' character, dedication and leadership skills. Jeffrey Bundy of the US Air Force. Bundy is a senior instructor in aerospace sciences at HHS.

“We are confident that he will excel in his future roles and uphold the values ​​of our unit and the military. This scholarship is an incredible opportunity for Cadet Flores to further develop his skills and make a significant impact as a future Naval officer.”

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Flores said his experience in JROTC helped him become more disciplined in school and in life and gave him leadership skills that he can use for good.

“I really wanted to have that discipline because I think it gives me something that some other (high school students) might not have,” Flores said. “I am lucky.”

— M. Alan Scott is a freelance writer for The Livingston Daily. Contact the newsroom at

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