Students with full-tuition Drexel Army ROTC Scholarships are also eligible to receive the Major General William Burns ARMY ROTC Room and Board Scholarship. The Burns Scholarship will cover La Salle room and board charges up to the cost of a standard double room and a ‘14 meal plan plus $250’ each semester.
Recipients must be enrolled as full-time students in good standing in the undergraduate day program. The amount of the Burns Room and Board Scholarship may be reduced by any other grants or scholarships that the student receives. The student may not be refunded any portion of this scholarship.
The Major General William Burns Scholarship in named for a La Salle graduate and former La Salle ROTC instructor who was a top negotiator for nuclear disarmament during the Reagan Administration. A 1954 graduate of La Salle, General Burns is currently a member of University’s Board of Trustees and a former ROTC instructor on the La Salle faculty. General Burns held a number of important posts in more than 50 years of committed service, first as a field artillery officer commanding several units, including a field artillery brigade in Germany and service in Vietnam.
In 1981, he became the military representative on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty delegation in Geneva, negotiating what was to become the only U.S.-Soviet treaty that eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons. Later, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, and in 1987 President Ronald Reagan named him Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In 1993, Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey appointed General Burns to the Commonwealth Court of Judicial Discipline of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“We’re pleased to offer this scholarship both as a way to honor General Burns and to attract some of the best and brightest students to our school,” said John Dolan, La Salle’s former Vice President for Enrollment Services. “The values and ethics they will learn at La Salle will be of great value to them when they assume military leadership roles.”