CULP-Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program
The Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP) is an international leadership program offered through ROTC. Cadets have the opportunity to compete for an immersion experience in one of 20 participating countries around the world. The program is generally a month long and takes place during the summer.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country.
Patriot Battalion Cadets have traveled to serval countries across the world while participating in CULP to include Madagascar, Cambodia, Lithuania, Mali, Spain, Macedonia and others.
Selection to CULP is based on a number of factors including Academic GPA, physical fitness and language ability.
The CULP application window typically opens in mid-September and closes at the end of October.
Project Global Officer (Project GO):
Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments, to include the Senior Military Colleges. In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships. Working in support of Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC Headquarters, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts both among universities and ROTC leadership.
Since 2007, Project GO institutions have provided over 3,500 domestic and overseas summer scholarships to ROTC students for critical language study. Project GO has strengthened university infrastructure in the critical languages and created venues for communication amongst ROTC leadership and university personnel.
Selection for Project GO scholarships are competivitve and based a number of factors including academics, language experience, cultural sensitivity, leadership and commitment to the Project GO mission.
Application due dates for Project GO scholarships vary by program but are commonly due in late January or early February.