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Army’s Green to Gold Scholarship Program: When people meet Pfc. Alexis S. Payton, they meet a cheerful and friendly individual. A young woman, full of life and charisma, who was recently named the recipient of the Division Commander’s Green to Gold Hip-Pocket Scholarship. However, if one gets to really know her, you will find out that she’s had to travel a tough road to get to where she’s at.

Following the Area IV Women’s History Month Observance, held at the Camp Henry Theater, March 23. Brig. Gen. Michel M. Russell Sr., commanding general of the 19th ESC, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice V. Chaplin, the ESC’s senior enlisted advisor, presented Payton with the Green to Gold Hip-Pocket Scholarship.

According to the goarmy.com Website, the Army ROTC Green to Gold Division Commander’s Hip Pocket Scholarship Program provides selected Soldiers the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC Scholarship program. Each year, division commanders may nominate deserving Soldiers for two, three, and four-year Green to Gold scholarships.

“I think it’s surreal and ironic that this is happening to me,” she said. “When I was in Advanced Individual Training, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about our future and what it would take to stay in the Army for a long time. We specifically talked about the possibility of going Green to Gold.”

Payton, who’s originally from Cleveland, Ohio is currently assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry, as a signal support systems specialist. She arrived at the unit in October of 2017.

A few months after being assigned to the 19th ESC, Payton was approached by her section sergeant major about the possibility of going Green to Gold. Upon hearing that, she quickly said yes. Read more

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Army’s Green to Gold Scholarship Program: When people meet Pfc. Alexis S. Payton, they meet a cheerful and friendly individual. A young woman, full of life and charisma, who was recently named the recipient of the Division Commander’s Green to Gold Hip-Pocket Scholarship. However, if one gets to really know her, you will find out that she’s had to travel a tough road to get to where she’s at.