Family and friends of the late Tobias Alexander, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, have established the 2LT Tobias Alexander Endowed Scholarship in Military Sciences through the Cameron University Foundation. Alexander was a 2011 Cameron graduate who received his commission as a field artillery second lieutenant through Cameron’s Army Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC).
“LTC Tobias Alexander was a true American hero,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “We are privileged to honor his memory with this endowed scholarship, which will benefit generations of Cameron students. I particularly want to thank his wife, Amanda, his children Angelicia, Kevin and Lexie, and his parents, Bill and Heike Alexander, for choosing to honor his memory by establishing this endowment.”
The 2LT Tobias Alexander Endowed Scholarship in Military Sciences will be presented to full-time students who are enrolled in at least one military science course or who demonstrate the intent to become a member of Cameron’s Army ROTC unit and who have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Recipients may retain the scholarship for up to eight semesters if they retain eligibility requirements.
Alexander entered active duty in August 2002 as a Signal Intel Analyst. He obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class prior to receiving his commission. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan (3'd Special Forces Group, Airborne). Alexander excelled at the Warrior Leader Course and the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course. During his service, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, two Global War on Terrorism Service awards, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Alexander graduated in May 2011 with degrees in interdisciplinary studies and criminal justice. After receiving his commission, he attended the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course B at Fort Sill and was then assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, 214th Fires Brigade. He served as a platoon leader for Alpha Battery before being selected for the Security Forces Advisory Team (SFAT), which was responsible for the training of Afghanistan’s national security forces. He was killed on May 20, 2012, in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a suicide bomb.
For information on contributing to the 2LT Tobias Alexander Endowed Scholarship in Military Sciences or other Cameron University Foundation endowments, contact the Office of University Advancement at 581-2999.
June 09, 2014