LATROBE, PA – A pair of Saint Vincent College students and ROTC cadets received the surprise of a lifetime when they were awarded full-tuition scholarships in front of more than 62,000 fans during the Nov. 3 football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the visiting Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.
Junior Anthony Meneses, a criminology, law and society major from Covina, California, and sophomore Noah Lynch, an integrated science/allied health major from Mount Pleasant, thought that they had received invitations to the game in order to be present for the on-field recognition of their ROTC commander, Lt. Col. Faith Chamberlain, as part of the Steelers ATI Salute to Service initiative.
Instead, with 10 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter, they were each presented with full tuition scholarships in front of 62,000 fans by Saint Vincent College president Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., and Dr. Eric Kocian, Saint Vincent’s ROTC adviser and associate professor of criminology, law and society.
“We’re happy to award them for their service to their country and the ROTC program,” said Father Paul. “It is one of the finest ways to instill discipline into these students’ lives and it fits at Saint Vincent very well with the rigorous study in which they will engage. We’re proud of these two young men and it was a fantastic surprise for them.”
Lynch will officially contract with the ROTC and complete physical training in the spring. Initially, he plans to become a combat medic in the U.S. Army, before eventually becoming a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner in the Army and become a lieutenant. A Mount Pleasant Area High School grad, he is the son of Bret and Krystal Lynch.
Meneses is the son of Tony and Anne Meneses, while his younger brother, Adam, is a sophomore biology major at Saint Vincent. Anthony is scheduled to be commissioned into the National Guard in May 2021 as a military policeman and will then pursue a career in law enforcement in the Pittsburgh area. He is a graduate of Covina High School.
Video of the surprise presentation can be found on the Saint Vincent College YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XebuLmSDI0I
PHOTO: From left to right -- Dr. Eric Kocian; Anthony Meneses; Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.; Noah Lynch; and Lt. Col. Faith Chamberlain following the on-field presentation at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 3.
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