Profiles: Korea Era and Later:
Credit: Courtesy of Kathryn Maitrejean and the U.S. Navy.
"Even if the ROTC scholarship covered all of my tuition, I would probably walk away from three years of school with close to $40,000 in debt if I didn't have these [MGIB] benefits, so it makes a huge difference."
-Cadet Kathryn Maitrejean
Kathryn Maitrejean stands out among her peers in the Air Force ROTC Detachment at NCSU for the amount of experience she brings to the officer-training program. Cadet Maitrejean did not join ROTC right out of high school but after serving in the navy for eight and one-half years. She served two tours overseas from 1995 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2002 while stationed at home ports in Italy and Greece. The events of September 11 strengthened her determination to become an officer and a clinical social worker. She is fulfilling her Bachelor of Social Work requirements at Meredith College, while taking ROTC and a few other courses at NC State. The ROTC scholarship covers up to $15,000 a year of tuition, while tuition at Meredith is $19,000 a year. Maitrejean covers the difference by working part time and by drawing the Montgomery GI Bill benefits she both earned and contributed toward while on active duty.