Mississippi State University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is creating an endowed scholarship in honor of Cadet Colby Marlow, a student who died in 2021.
Marlow – he was a senior – was a Mississippi Army National Guard staff sergeant; Distinguished Military Graduate in the top 10% in the U.S.; and an ROTC co-commander.
Cadet Joseph Adams, a senior kinesiology major, is now the first recipient of the $1,000 scholarship. He is treasurer of the Cadet’s Military Science Club, leader in the Bulldog Battalion, and member of the Ranger Challenge Team and Bulldog Battery.
“Every time I interacted with Colby, he would always motivate me to be the best I could be,” Adams said. “It didn’t matter if it was fitness or just doing something in the Bulldog Battalion.”
Adams received the award at a 2022 ceremony, which was attended by Marlow’s twin brother, Cade, and their mother, Christy.
“This scholarship is a great way to honor Cadet Colby Marlow and is a way for the family to remember his service and the example Colby set for others. It also is a great way to help a cadet stay on path to commission as an officer in the United States Army,” said Lt. Col. Jason R. Posey, head of MSU’s Army ROTC. “The Marlow brothers understood the why—the end goal of being in the Army ROTC program. They wanted to join, commission and serve in the infantry. Cade is continuing the path they laid out when they first got to MSU.”
The scholarship will be given every year to an Army ROTC cadet.