Academics: Special Academic Programs and Offerings

Spelman Women in the Military

For some, the military is in their blood. For others, service is their calling. For all, balancing the demands of being a full-time Spelman student and a member of the armed services is an impressive challenge to undertake.

Spelman Ranked Among Top Colleges for Military Service

Spelman College has been recognized as a top college in Georgia for future service members. The Online College Database recently ranked Spelman No. 8 among top colleges for students interested in military service. The ranking is based on Spelman offering at least two ROTC programs to active students, as well as in-state tuition below $20,000. A nonprofit organization, the College Database provides free information about educational options both nationally and locally to students, parents, and other interested parties.

 The U.S. Coast Guard's CSPI Program

Tia Empty-Grandville
Like many students, paying for college was very difficult for me. There were times when I sat in my dorm thinking, “How can I pay for school?” At one point, I received a notice saying I had to pay my fees, or I simply would not be able to return to school the next semester. During my sophomore year at Spelman, I applied for the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Scholarship Program. That's when things turned around for me.

 ROTC Programs at Spelman

The Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, all jointly administrated through Morehouse College, Georgia Tech and Georgia State, have rigorous schedules. Many ROTC participants are up before 5 a.m. daily for physical and field training and to study for the eight or more extra classes they must complete as part of their requirements.

Spelman students are members of the ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Some benefit from full scholarships awarded by their military branches in exchange for a commissioned commitment and some work to pay their tuition, room and board. Here’s a snapshot of four brave women willing to give their lives to protect our freedoms.

U.S. Marine Corp

Lauren Guerrido
The only female Marine in the Atlanta University Center, Midshipman 3rd Class Lauren Guerrido, C’2013, was attracted to the discipline of the retired Marine who facilitated her high school Junior ROTC unit in Jacksonville, Fla. Guerrido spent her formative years in Iceland and Japan as the daughter of a mother who was an aviation engineer in the Navy for 22 years.


Sephora Fortune
“My plan is to commission as a naval officer into the Surface Nuke Community ... operating nuclear reactors, on an aircraft carrier.” - Sephora Fortune, C'2011

Learn more about the NROTC program.


Latreese Bookhard
“I want to have a job that exposes me to many different people and one where I get to travel,” says Latreese Bookhard, C'2011, who hopes to become a diplomat.

Air Force

This could be you. Enrolling in the Air Force ROTC allows you to live the same college experience as everyone else, while getting valuable hands on training to advance any career goals.

How can joining an ROTC program can help you?

Tuition Assistance:

ROTC programs offer tuition assistance to cadets by granting numerous scholarships to members who qualify. This assistance can help pay for college tuition and miscellaneous fees, textbooks or other school expenses.

Leadership Skills:

Skills learned in ROTC are extremely valuable whether you continue on in the respective military branch or take what you have learned into the civilian life.

Career Choices:

Have a special interest or skill? The military is helpful in placing personnel in career areas that utilize specific interests, training and skills.