Fresnos Student Earns Four-Year Army ROTC Scholarship
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY
22, 2013 –As kids are prone to do, Luis Moreira watched
his favorite movie over and over. He wasn’t glued to “Shrek” or “Monsters,
Inc.,” or “Harry Potter.” His favorite was “Courage Under Fire.”
loved that movie; I watched it hundreds of times,” said Moreira, an incoming
freshman at The University
of Texas at Brownsville who graduated in May from Los Fresnos High School.
to Los Fresnos at the age of 14 to live with his mother for the last three
years of high school, Moreira said he felt the difference between his Houston
area high school and Los Fresnos.
like it here in the Valley; everyone here is so friendly and really nice,” he
has received two scholarships to attend UTB. His 4.0 grade point average places
him in the fall 2013 cohort of University
Furthermore, he has been granted a full, four-year Army ROTC scholarship.
Luis Filipe Moreira
was impressed not only with Luis’ stellar high school record, but also with his
ability to convey his goals for his future,” said Eva Bratschi, Army Reserves Captain
and Senior Military Science Instructor at UTB. “Very few four-year Army ROTC
scholarships are awarded, and I know his family is supportive and proud. I look
forward to working with him in the fall here at UTB Army ROTC.”
graduation in May 2017, Moreira will be commissioned a second lieutenant and he
hopes to go into active service for at least four years.
of Moreira’s older siblings, a brother and a sister, have spent time in the
armed forces. He said he knows the consequences of military service. His
brother sustained severe injuries in Iraq but is now recuperated and back in
school in Florida.
his brother was on the ground, Moreira wants to be in the air – specifically,
on a helicopter.
want to fly – helicopters have always fascinated me, the way they can maneuver
– and it is because of a helicopter that my brother is alive today,” Moreira
plans to earn his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Thinking it won’t hurt to
have a plan B in his pocket, he has also made the commitment to participate in
the new UTeach program, an innovative teacher
preparation program that allows mathematics and science majors to receive
teacher certification while earning their degree. This nationally acclaimed
program was developed at The University
of Texas at Austin
and has been replicated throughout the country.
receiving his commission, Moreira knows he will eventually face career
decisions: staying in the army, going with the army reserves or separating –
but that is too far off, so his response to the future is, “it all depends on
where life takes me.”
now, he is looking forward to all that a freshman year has to throw at him:
studies, campus social life, University Scholars requirements, ROTC
requirements and sharing an apartment. His scholarship covers an apartment at Casa
Bella, the student housing located off University Boulevard.
have seen some dorm rooms that are so small with bunks and the showers are down
the hall, so at first I thought I would just live at home,” Moreira said. “But
after seeing the apartments, I changed my mind.”
sent off on summer ROTC trainings, however, he knows his accommodations will
likely be more Spartan.
have no idea where I will be living in four years, but I am open to new places,”
Moreira said. “Although I’ve lived only in Houston and Brownsville, I have done
some travelling with my mom, and I enjoy new places.”
a recent trip to Europe, Moreira visited Germany, a place where he knows he
might likely be stationed with the Army.
now, his summers will be filled with classes and trainings. If all goes well,
he is looking forward to airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia, and
leadership training at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington.
pre-dawn physical training workouts with his fellow ROTC cadets, Moreira’s life
will change once the ink has dried on his contract papers. His 18th birthday is
about a week away, and he eagerly awaits the day when he can make his
commitment to the Army official.
a kid at the library, I would always check out books on the military,” Moreira
said. “I’ve read a lot on World War II and watched documentaries on historical military
events. Colin Powell’s autobiography was just recommended to me – that’s my next