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PROVIDED PHOTO LHU ROTC caddy Parker McClellan, of Altoona, is the recipient of three scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.

LOCK HAVEN — Parker McClellan, of Altoona, is the recipient of three Lock Haven University scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. McClellan is a senior criminal justice major, an Army ROTC cadet, and a member of the Bald Eagle Wrestling Team.

McClellan was awarded the Daniel Pyle Memorial Scholarship, the Jim Berkebile Wrestling Scholarship, and the Fall Classic Wrestling Scholarship largely due to his leadership skills, as well as his academic and athletic merits.

Prepared to graduate in May, McClellan anticipates commissioning as an officer in the United States Army. He said his ROTC framework, his coaches and the financial boost from his scholarships were key to helping him achieve his goals.

“I thought LHU would be a perfect fit for me for several reasons,” McClellan said. “One of my main goals was to be a Division I wrestler, as well as earning a commission in the military while in college. LHU allowed me to achieve both of those goals, while still earning a degree in criminal justice.

McClellan hailed his scholarships as the main motivators that helped him stay focused both in class and on the mat.

“Without the scholarships that were generously awarded to me, I don’t believe my college education would have been as attainable,” he said. “Being a student at LHU has given me opportunities that I don’t think I can find anywhere else.”

Along with having a GPA above 3.0, McClellan has also won over 50 matches during his LHU wrestling career. He said his scholarship was often at the forefront of his psyche when competing.

“At the start of each semester, I always think about the opportunities that have been given to me and that push me to give the best of myself in all my sporting activities”, McClellan said. “Being a smaller program really showed me that you should be proud to be part of a fraternity like Lock Haven University wrestling.”

McClellan is excited to begin his military career upon graduation and also said he will be thinking of the Daniel Pyle Memorial Scholarship donors at his commissioning ceremony.

“I remember writing to them (donors) at the beginning of the year and telling them that I would be thinking of their generosity when I was made an officer”, he said. “That time is approaching soon and I will be forever grateful for their generosity.”

“I aspire to be a great leader as an infantry officer in the United States Army,” he added. “Being an ROTC cadet at LHU made me consider a career in the military.”I could not have the opportunities to be in the position I occupy today without the help of my executives.

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