OASIS annually provides the Col. Matthew J. Hearon scholarship to a Florida ROTC student who exemplifies the character and dedication Col. Hearon had as the Commander of the Florida National Guard. It is an honor to recognize an outstanding individual to continue his legend.

Col. Matthew J. Hearon distinguished himself with over 25 years of selflessness to his community, state and nation. Col. Hearon’s extraordinary service and commitment to the Army Values reflected great credit to all his accomplishments. Col. Hearon’s legacy is a source of great pride and has left an indelible mark on the Florida National Guard and his service to our country.

Matt consistently displayed the core qualities of service, kindness, leadership and selflessness throughout his life. We look to honor a Florida-based ROTC student each year who also displays these qualities:

  • Possess leadership traits
  • Have integrity and pride in your community
  • Planning on entering the military or enroll as full-time student in college
  • Be able to submit a list of volunteer hours
  • Have an extraordinary love for life and a sense of humor

Does that describe you or your loved one?

Please submit a 100-word application below. Please make sure your application includes:

  1. An essay regarding your experience in: leadership, community involvement, respect for state and country, and plans after high school.  Why do you think you are deserving of the scholarship? 
  2. A copy of your current high school transcripts.
  3. Three letters of reference (one peer, one family member and one non-family member).
  4. A list of volunteer hours.

2019 Applications are now closed.


2019 Winner – Brittany Stanley

2018 Winner – Grace Hibbert