Valerie A. Stearns has received an Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the Army ROTC battalion at their colleges.
The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year the scholarship is in effect.
Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program requirements, the student receives a bachelor's degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army. All scholarship students incur a military service obligation of eight years, which may be fulfilled by either serving on active duty or in the Reserve Components of the Army.
Stearns is the daughter of Voni and Mark Detamore of North Baltimore, Ohio and Tom and Jennie Stearns of Fostoria, Ohio.
She is a 2009 graduate of North Baltimore High School, North Baltimore, Ohio.