Dothan native awarded scholarship to TROY

Posted: Friday, 20 July 2007

TROY – Dothan native Cameron Pearson have been awarded the Hugh G. Rose Foundation Scholarship at Troy University.

Pearson, a Dothan High School graduate, plans to study pre-engineering on the Troy Campus this fall. Awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement, the Hugh G. Rose scholarship was endowed in 1990.

Mr. Rose, a Covington County native, attended then-Troy State Teachers College after joining the Civilian Conservation Corps after completing high school at Pleasant Home, alternating school attendance with his brother in order to work the family farm through the Great Depression. While at TROY, Mr. Rose joined the Alabama National Guard and was later federalized during World War II. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1942, serving in combat operations in Palau and Philippine islands. He was released from active duty in 1946 at the rank of captain, and joined the Army Reserves. He retired from the Reserves in 1978 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He earned a bachelor of civil engineering at Auburn University, and was employed by Texaco until his private-sector retirement in 1989. He died in 2006.

Mr. Rose described himself as “a conservative old man who is positive that education is the one best way to improve worldwide living standards.”

In accepting the $1,500 per year scholarship, Pearson expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to continue his education.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my hard work and receiving this scholarship motivates me to continue to strive for excellence,” he said. “Mr. Rose’s generosity has made a profound impact on my life and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of his scholarship.”