Viera graduate receives national scholarship at Florida Classic game


Florida A&M University professor of military science Col. Edwin Escobar, left, presented Alyssa Hamilton with her ROTC scholarship check Nov. 19.

Beverly Hamilton

Viera High School 2016 graduate Alyssa Hamilton received the national ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) scholarship Nov. 19 during the Florida Classic in Orlando. 

Col. Edwin Escobar, professor of military science at Florida A&M University, presented the national award to the FAMU student before the halftime show as thousands of fans of both FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University watched. Parents Charles and Beverly Hamilton were able to look on from the sidelines and take photos as Hamilton received her award. 

As a freshman cadet, Hamilton received her award then returned to her duty station at the ROTC recruitment booth, until her replacement arrived so she could watch the game. 

Hamilton signed as a scholarship recipient in May of her senior year at Viera High. However, she did not receive official word on the amount of the scholarship until the event. The amount of $47,600 awarded will cover her tuition, books, room and board, and fees for FAMU’s Rattler Battalion commitment of service. Hamilton is majoring in industrial engineering.

According to (July 2016), nationally, 25,000 students apply for the rigorous scholarship each year, with 4,000 qualifying. BCU also had a student receive an Air Force scholarship during the game. 

ROTC scholarships are based on students' grade-point average, national test scores, physical exam, teacher recommendations, interview and agreement to accept a commission after college. VV

For more information about ROTC scholarships, go to, or for FAMU’s Rattler Battalion, email recruitment operations officer Samantha Lucas at