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JROTC Honors Program

In order to assist in stimulating interest in the Junior ROTC for high school students as well as subsequent service in the military services, or participation in a postsecondary ROTC program or Federal Academy, the MFST Board of Trustees implemented the JROTC Honors Programs during 2005.


At the time of this Program’s implementation, the Board envisioned using its awards at Hillsborough County high schools, as often as circumstances warranted, in the belief that the Trust would be able to generate sufficient new funds to allow for a gradual increase over time. To this end, it was decided that the MFST would present the selected cadet from each class with a certificate, a medal, and a cash award. The freshman and sophomore cadet awards are presented for outstanding achievement along with $50 and $75 checks respectively. The junior and senior cadet awards are presented for outstanding leadership along with $125 and $250 checks respectively.

Furthermore, the graduating senior cadet will receive an additional $750 if he/she enlists in the military service and completes advance individual training, or enrolls in a Senior (college-level) ROTC program or a Federal Academy. Since 2005 this Program has grown to five high schools during 2013.

Hillsborough Program Awardees

2013 JROTC Awardees
      2014 JROTC Awardees
L to R: Austin De Los Rios, Tianna Johnson, John Steele, Janele Chavez, MFST Board Chair Colin Howgill, Brigadier, RM (Retired)

L to R: Raymond LeDuc, Katelyn Wojtiuk, Brigadiur Colin Howgill, Chairman, MFST, Katelyn Brown, Nikolas Olivares

Riverview High School Award Winners   Spoto High School Award Winners
L to R: Aaron Hicks, Brandy Gonzalez, MFST President Don Schings, Bernice Miranda , Brandi Boyer
L to R: Ariana Gunter, Diana Bautista, MFST President Don Schings, Carl Lehman, Zack Murray
Bloomingdale High School Award Winner    
L to R: MFST Trustee Hugh Horwath, CAPT, USN (Retired) and Senior Cadet Mellanie Gallop


During 2006, the Board implemented the National Program, and this Program saw twenty-five high schools participate across fourteen states in 2013. The National Program does not provide cadet cash grants or medals at no cost.

2013 National Program Awardees

Junior Cadet Awardee
Freshman Cadet Awardee
Junior cadet awardee at Joplin (MO) High School
Freshman cadet awardee at Lathrop (Fairbanks, AK) High School


Currently, the National Program cost to participating high schools for the four medals and certificates plus shipping and handling is $38.60. Participants are responsible for optional costs for certificate frames as well as engraving of the medals, if any. If your school desires to participate in this Program, it is requested that a check made out to the “MFST” be forwarded to the corporation with your completed “Program Compliance Agreement” Click here

For a complete description of, and award criteria for, both of the aforementioned Programs, the current version of Article IX (JROTC Honors Programs) extract of the MFST BYLAWS should be requested from the MFST administrative office at MFST, 1010 American Eagle Boulevard, Box 301, Sun City Center, Florida 33573, or