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Son honors mother through the establishment of the Elinor J. Bare ROTC Scholarship

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. William Terry Bare recently established the Elinor J. Bare ROTC Scholarship for a full-time undergraduate student entering into the Marshall University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Bare, a 1980 graduate from South Charleston, West Virginia, said this scholarship honors the memory of his mother - a woman whose son's life was changed for the better by his experience and exposure to military culture. He said the scholarship is designed to encourage enrollment in the university's ROTC program with the goal to engender values of patriotism, loyalty and service to the nation.

“The goal of this scholarship is to assist an aspiring student to begin or further their education at Marshall University. Marshall most definitely helped me grow as a person intellectually and socially, and joining the military was the best thing I ever did for myself. It gave me discipline, focus and purpose,” Bare said. “I wish I would have joined the ROTC program while at Marshall, but now that I have seen firsthand the positive impact and opportunities it can create, I hope this scholarship will encourage others to pursue that path.”