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Former Crewmembers of the “Mighty Monty” Pull for NU

The Second USS Montpelier (CL-57), a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser known as the “Mighty Monty,” fought fiercely in the Pacific Campaign during World War II, receiving 13 battle stars.

In 1983, former crewmembers founded the USS Montpelier Association, and for many years they organized reunions and fundraisers. Then, in 2001, the group established the USS Montpelier Scholarship to benefit Norwich University students aspiring to naval careers. This year, Bert Snyder and Don Ohrt, two original crewmembers from the USS Montpelier, traveled to Norwich to present the scholarship.

CDT/2LT Delaney Welch ’15, recipient of the USS Montpelier Scholarship. (Photo: Mark Collier.)

CDT/2LT Delaney Welch ’15, recipient of the USS Montpelier Scholarship. (Photo: Mark Collier.)

CDT/2LT Delaney Welch ’15 says she chose Norwich for the military college experience and the challenges it would provide. A criminal justice major, Welch met those challenges head on. A perennial Dean’s List student, Welch served as president of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honors Society, and this past winter she participated on a panel at the annual Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Orlando, Fla. Her area of expertise is restorative justice in Vermont, drawn from her senior honors thesis, “The Black, White, and Gray of Changing Prisons,” based on a case study of an inmate at the Barre Justice Center where she interned.

On September 1, her United States Marine Corps commission in hand, Welch will report to Quantico for six months of basic training. After that everything is “up in the air,” she says, but pursuing a military occupational specialty in human intelligence with a focus in linguistics is tops on her list of goals. Driving that ambition is a desire to use her Russian language skills, developed in the summer of 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Project GO Program, whereby she spent five weeks in Moscow immersed in Russian culture.

Welch is grateful for the many opportunities afforded her through the scholarship. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the Association’s support,” Welch exclaims, “and could not have done it without them!”

The USS Montpelier Association has also established the USS Montpelier Award, given annually to the highest-ranking cadet in Norwich’s Naval ROTC program. The cadet is awarded a custom-engraved saber.

For more information on endowed scholarships, please contact Kristin Dodge at kdodge@norwich.edu or 802-485-2282. Read more scholarship stories at alumni.norwich.edu/scholarships.

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