Bishop Fenwick three-sport athlete and recent graduate Fran Hannon didn’t earn a full athletic scholarship to the college of his choice.
Athletics, however, definitely played a part in Hannon earning another tremendous collegiate opportunity.
Hannon applied for, and was subsequently awarded, a rare four-year ROTC scholarship to attend Providence College beginning this fall.
The final sum essentially amounts to a full scholarship with Reserve Officer’s Training Corps paying full tuition, fees, a book stipend and a monthly stipend, with Providence College picking up room and board.
Hannon will have to complete three early-morning workouts per week, military training once a week, an additional class for military training, and one weekend each semester spent at a military base doing drills. After graduation, Hannon would be commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and would serve active duty for four years, plus an additional four years as a reserve.
Hannon was interested in joining the military for as long as he can remember, in large part because both of his grandfathers were in the armed forces. He feels his background in athletics has prepared him well for his future.
“Discipline is the biggest thing, the sacrifice of yourself to the greater purpose, also staying in shape and the competition mentality,” Hannon said. “Someone was telling me (ROTC) kind of replaces high school sports because it’s something to compete in and you set goals along the way. The mentality of discipline and values that come with sports helps, and being accountable to people on the team and taking responsibility, all those aspects play into the whole military lifestyle.”
This particular opportunity almost passed Hannon by. Originally he hoped to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, and it wasn’t until later that he applied for the ROTC scholarship.