The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts ROTC Essay Contest


The contest is open to any AROTC, NROTC, or AFROTC Massachusetts Cadet. The winning essay will be awarded a total sum of $4,000; $2,500 in the form of a scholarship check to the Cadet author and a $1,500 check for program funds to support the study of military history to the winning Cadet’s ROTC Program.

The 2017 scholarship award and program check for the winning essay were awarded to the author and their command representatives at an MHSM luncheon to honor their accomplishment held on April 27th, 2017 at the Union Club. This years competition consisted of two rounds of judging. A committee appointed by the MHSM, composed of three (3) qualified individuals selected the three top essays from all essays submitted. The top three rated essays were then submitted by the committee to author and MHSM member Stephen Taber, who then selected the final winner.

A Question of Leadership

2017 marks the centennial of America's entry into World War I. The members of the Society find it fitting to celebrate the sacrifices of the brave members of our military that served during that era. This year’s essay will be based on the book A Rainbow Division Lieutenant in France: The World War I Diary of John H. Taber, written by accomplished author and MHSM member Stephen Taber. This year's essay contest was won by Cadet Eva Lisowski, MIT Army ROTC.


Essay Contest Winners


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2016 Winner- Cadet Eric Koch Essay: American Spirit: The Yankee Division in the First World War

2015 Winner- Cadet Jocelyn Bly Essay: Mission Command: A Timeless Weapon

2014 Winner- Cadet James Kiefner Essay: Portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant (Un-titled essay)

2013 Winner- Cadet Daniel Silva Essay: From Revolution to Rapprochement | The War of 1812: The Causes, the War, the Legacy

2010 Winner- Cadet Garrett Brnger Essay: A War Fought from Both Sides: The ignored lessons of the American Revolution and their application to Vietnam

2009 Winner- Cadet William Mathews Essay: The Foreseeable Victory: A Justification for the Federal Use of Force in the Civil War

2008 Winner- Cadet Spencer Reese Essay: Washington’s Principle: Civil-Military Relations 1776-2008