Psychology student receives U.S. Army scholarship
Second Lt. Matthew Hunter Brooks, second-year PsyD student, takes the U.S. Army oath of office at Loma Linda University.
He’s the third generation of his family to serve in the military. Matthew Hunter Brooks, second-year PsyD student, is following the footsteps of his grandfather, a World War II Army veteran, and his father, a lieutenant in the Navy, who served as a medical doctor.
On February 23, Mr. Brooks was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. According to SFC Sam Weber, station commander at the Santa Ana Healthcare Recruiting Station, Second Lt. Brooks is one of 25 psychology students in the nation to receive the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship.
“I was nervous about not getting it,” says Second Lt. Brooks about the scholarship. “The more I knew about it, the more I wanted it.”
It turns out that that his best friend in Los Angeles also received this competitive health professions scholarship.
The six-month application process was intense. In addition to the usual application, written essay, and recommendation letters, a health screening and background check by the FBI were also on the to-do and pass list.
“About 80 percent of the population is not qualified to join the Army,” says CPT Warren Stewart, who commissioned Second Lt. Brooks.
In 2010, Second Lt. Brooks will graduate with his PsyD degree and become a captain. “It’s a great opportunity to combine psychology with the ability to serve the men and women who serve our country,” states Second Lt. Brooks. “I pursued clinical psychology because I was fascinated by human thought and behavior, and because it allows me to help other people every single day that I go to work. I wanted to serve other people, not a corporation.”
The health professions scholarship covers the cost of his last two years of school including books and other fees. It also includes a generous monthly stipend.
By Patricia Thio