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ROTC graduates establish scholarship as part of plans for upcoming wedding

When Brittany Rexing and Timathy Kloth began making plans for their May 26 wedding, they decided use their special day to establish a scholarship that would benefit other WKU ROTC cadets.

ROTC cadets Timathy Kloth and Brittany Rexing will graduate from WKU on May 12 and will get married May 26. As part of their wedding planning, they decided to set up a scholarship fund with money they would have spent on gifts for their guests. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

The two seniors in the Hilltopper Battalion, who will graduate this weekend, have benefited from scholarships during their four years at WKU. (Read more about the ROTC program’s Class of 2012.)

“It’s always been nice to have those scholarships,” Rexing said. “Money can be an issue for some cadets in the program. So as we tossed around wedding ideas, instead of having favors on our tables, we decided to start a scholarship.”

Rexing and Kloth used the money they would have spent on wedding reception gifts for their guests to set up the $500 scholarship that will be presented each spring to an ROTC cadet.

Their ideal recipient would be a cadet who possesses the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness and human compassion. The first scholarship was presented May 3 to Micah Farmer, a sophomore majoring in history from Upton.

The couple, who met during their first year in the ROTC program, will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during WKU’s Commencement Weekend May 11-12 then prepare for their wedding in Nashville, Tenn. They chose Nashville because it’s located between Rexing’s family in Huntsville, Ala., and Kloth’s family in Delton, Mich.

“This is the one of the biggest times in our life,” Rexing said.

Their honeymoon will have to wait, however, because on May 27 both ship out for separate locations. Kloth will travel to Arizona, while Rexing will head first to Washington then to South Carolina. The couple will be reunited this fall at Fort Carson, Colo.

As they begin their Army careers, Rexing and Kloth plan to financially support the scholarship fund and hope to build an endowment.

“We wanted to do something for our wedding that would have more benefit and be something to support,” Kloth said.

Contact: Military Science, (270) 745-4293.

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