North High's Bushong receives NROTC scholarship

May 21, 2012
  • Benjamin Bushong
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North Hagerstown High School senior Benjamin Bushong has been accepted to North Carolina State University under the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship. He was recently notified by the NROTC Scholarship Board of his nomination.

Bushong had applied and was accepted at the following universities: Penn State University, Virginia Tech, Purdue University, as well as N.C. State, which accepted his application tied to the NROTC scholarship.

He had weighed several choices, including the U.S. Naval Academy, yet decided on N.C. State.

He was also accepted at Hampden-Sydney College, a private school near Richmond, Va., to pursue a degree as well as a spot on their baseball team, as a left-handed pitcher. 

Bushong will graduate from North High this Spring.

He is a starting pitcher on the varsity baseball team, maintains a high grade-point average, and is also active in several clubs and community service.

He was also elected to the prom court his junior and senior years by his peers.


With an NROTC scholarship, Bushong will pursue studies in naval sciences. Upon receiving his degree, he will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He plans  a career in aviation or homeland security.

His father, Bruce, was also a naval officer and his mother, Jamie (Carl) is a 1979 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.

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