2006-05-24 / Sports

Burgin has $746,000 worth of scholarships from which to choose

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

DERICK BURGIN DERICK BURGIN Gaffney High student Derick Burgin had nearly $750,000 in college scholarship choices at the end of Monday's Senior Awards Day program.

Burgin began the day with an Air Force Academy appointment, a Boston University ROTC scholarship, a Clemson University Air Force ROTC scholarship and a Georgia Tech College Air Force ROTC scholarship. He received a Texas A&M Navy ROTC scholarship at Monday's awards program.

The total value of the scholarships is $746,000.

Burgin said he will attend Clemson University this fall and enroll in the college's new biomedical engineering program.

The Gaffney High JROTC group commander will be involved in the Air Force ROTC program. He will enter the Air Force as a commissioned officer after graduating from Clemson.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Burgin said.

Burgin received an appointment to the Air Force Academy in February. The academy appointment is a full 4-year scholarship which would have paid for Burgin's room, board and tuition while he was a cadet. The total cost per graduate from the academy is estimated to be $346,750.

The Air Force Academy did not offer a biomedical engineering program, which led Burgin to consider other options.

The Clemson University Air Force scholarship will pay for Burgin's tuition and books.

He will receive a monthly stipend, which gradually increases from $250 to $400 over the 4-year period.

ROTC programs are one of several routes available towards becoming an officer. An Airman can also join the officer ranks through an academy appointment or entering officer candidate school after enlisting in the military.

Burgin is the first Gaffney High student to receive an Air Force Academy appointment since 1983.

He was one of only 1,600 students nationwide to receive the distinction in 2006.

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