Class of 2013 from Chesapeake, VA
Criminal Justice in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Campus involvement: Radford University Army ROTC, Delta Chi, and Gamma Sigma Alpha – National Greek Academic Honor Society
Patrick Manges always wanted to attend college, but he wasn’t sure the best way to finance his education. With a family tradition of joining the military, Manges decided to apply for an Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) scholarship.
Under ROTC, students receive merit-based scholarships that cover all or part of their college tuition in return for a commitment to active military service after graduation. ROTC students attend college and may choose any major they wish, but they also receive military and officer training, and participate in drills and other training exercises.
Manges received a scholarship from the Army ROTC, but he was then faced with another challenge: deciding which university suited him best. He applied to programs at many universities – and was accepted to them all – but Radford University stood out among the others. Not only were the mountains appealing to a young man from the coast, but Radford’s renowned criminal justice program sealed the deal.
The ROTC program has allowed Manges to thrive as a leader and excel as a student. In the spring of 2011, Manges was bestowed the Highlander Superior Cadet Award for the sophomore class. The award goes to a member of each class who demonstrates high officer potential and is also among the top 25 percent of their ROTC and academic classes.
“I felt so honored to be selected as the Highlander Superior Cadet,” he said, noting that he is a believer in the old adage, “Work hard and good things will come to you.” While Manges has worked hard, he also credits his success to the cadre – the experienced individuals who make up the professors of the Department of Military Science at Radford University.
For Manges, serving his country is a way of life.
“Growing up a military kid, I realized all the opportunities in the world were right there being offered by the military,” he said. “It’s just a good career choice.”
After he graduates, Manges will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he hopes to spend a successful career.