Col. Sara Breckenridge-Sproat is congratulated by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, upon being incducted into her alma mater's ROTC Hall of Fame on Oct. 7. An NU scholarship will help future ROTC nursing students follow in Col. Breckenridge-Sproat's footsteps.

Col. Sara Breckenridge-Sproat, a 1987 Niagara University alumna, was inducted into her alma mater’s ROTC Hall of Fame this October.

It was a monumental day for Col. Breckenridge-Sproat, an active duty United States Army nurse of 29 years, one that Lt. Col. Gary Love hopes will inspire future students to take advantage of a ROTC nursing scholarship at Niagara University.

As the chair of NU’s military science department, Lt. Col. Love is excited about the prospect of recruiting talented young individuals to Monteagle Ridge to follow in the footsteps of Col. Breckenridge-Sproat and a litany of other successful ROTC nursing graduates.

“Niagara University has a long history of being one of the best providers of nurses to the Army,” Lt. Col. Love said. “This scholarship opportunity offers additional incentives for students to come to Niagara at a time when ROTC has seen an increase in our mission for nurses, resulting in almost all of them being called into active duty instead of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserves.”

The ROTC nursing scholarship provides tuition assistance as well as free room and board for students. It also pays for the cadet to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Niagara University’s acclaimed School of Nursing offers a nursing degree completion program that caters to students who are already registered nurses as well as a four-year B.S. and an accelerated B.S. in nursing. Learn more at

NU also has a long history of honoring and supporting military students, veterans and their families. Along with supporting a U.S. Army ROTC program, the Catholic and Vincentian university participates in the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

Military alumni of Niagara include two Medal of Honor recipients, Gen. William Donovan and Lt. John Bobo, and a humanitarian nominated for sainthood, Father Nelson Baker.

To learn more about Niagara University’s ROTC program, please visit

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