At not much more than five feet tall, Burnsville High School senior Jaqueline Le Vvintre may not fit a military stereotype. But that hasn’t stopped her from earning a $180,000 college scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), one of only a dozen granted to high school students in the Midwest.
“I’m small,” Jaqueline says, “so sometimes people have told me that I can’t do something. But that just motivates me to say, ‘Watch me.’”
A military career has long been in Jaqueline’s sights. Her father was in the Marine Corps and Jaqueline has been in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a program for youth to learn about naval life, since she was 10. The leadership experience she gained in that program, along with her determination and academic standing, helped her earn the scholarship, she says.
Jaqueline says that without the scholarship, she would have enlisted in the Marines. With the scholarship, which covers tuition, books and other education-related expenses, she’s hoping to attend the University of Southern California to study marketing and business. Eventually, she wants to be a public affairs officer in the Marines.