The Sons of the American Revolution &
the Reserve Officers Training Corps

SAR Silver ROTC Medalsilver-rotc-medal-with-bar

     Since 1933, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) has awarded its Silver ROTC Medal to those students enrolled in college or university ROTC units who foster the principle of the citizen-soldier, exemplified by the Minutemen of the American Revolutionary War. The medal has been approved by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps for wear on the cadet’s or midshipman’s uniform.

     The ROTC Recognition Program recognizes outstanding merit based on a cadet’s or midshipman’s leadership qualities with the presentation of a Silver ROTC Medal, service ribbon, and certificate. The ROTC unit’s commanding officer has complete latitude in selecting one cadet or midshipman in their ROTC unit to receive the award every academic year.

The selection criteria are:

  1. The Cadet or Midshipman must be currently enrolled in an ROTC Program;*
  2. The Cadet or Midshipman should be a third-year cadet in a four-year program or a second-year cadet or Midshipman in a three-year program;
  3. The Cadet or Midshipman must be in the top 10% of their ROTC class;
  4. The Cadet or Midshipman must be in the top 25% of their overall class; and,
  5. The Cadet or Midshipman may not have previously received the SAR Silver ROTC Medal.

     Marines who are attached to a NROTC unit at a host university, through the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), are eligible for the SAR Silver ROTC medal.

     There are no additional requirements, rules, or applications required for a cadet or midshipman to qualify for the Silver ROTC Medal. However, if a commanding officer plans to select a cadet or midshipman for this award the current academic year, if possible, we ask that they notify us by December 31st. This advance notification assists us in our planning to ensure we have the required presentation materials on hand. The cadet’s or midshipman’s name is not required at this time; simply a confirmation that the commanding officer intends to recognize a cadet or midshipman with the medal is all that is needed.

     Once the commanding officer has selected the cadet or midshipman for this medal, simply complete and return (via e-mail) the Silver ROTC Nomination Form. We ask that the nomination form be submitted at least forty-five (45) days before the scheduled awards ceremony.

     Typically, we ask that the commanding officer inform us of the date, time, and place of the awards presentation to arrange for a chapter member to be present. However, given our current public health emergency, we understand that annual award presentations might be restricted. Consequently, we offer three options:

  1. Provide a chapter member to make the presentation at a small gathering of family and school officials at the university.;
  2. If outside visitors are prohibited from campus, we can provide a pre-recorded video presentation of a chapter member giving remarks on the medal and making the presentation to the cadet or midshipman (this can then be re-played via MS Teams (or whichever platform your university  uses) or on a screen for those assembled).; or,
  3. Provide the commanding officer with the presentation materials and prepared remarks so that the they can present the medal to the cadet or midshipman.

     In addition to the medal, ribbon bar, and certificate, through the generosity of the Edward Jefferson Brewster, Jr. Memorial Fund, each Silver ROTC medal recipient receives a scholarship check. The amount of the scholarship award is annually determined by the Memorial Fund Committee. Past recipients have received scholarship awards in the amount of $500.

     The Commanding Officer of the ROTC unit should complete and return the SAR Silver ROTC Nomination Form.

     Please contact the Paul Carrington Chapter’s JROTC/ROTC Chairman for any questions.


Edward Jefferson Brewster, Sr. Memorial Fund

     The Edward Jefferson Brewster, Sr. Memorial Fund was established through a generous testamentary in his daughter's will – Elizabeth Warham Brewster.

     Elizabeth Warham Brewster (1888-1975) was born in Butler, Alabama, to Edward Jefferson Brewster, Sr. (1842-1918) and Malvine Warham Ulmer (1846-1935). During her 70 years in Houston, Miss Brewster was an active member of several hereditary societies, including the Colonial Dames of America, the Daughters of American Revolution (Lady Washington Chapter), and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (Robert E. Lee Chapter). Miss Brewster was a descendant of Captain John Johnson, who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

     Miss Brewster established the Abbie Frank Smith Memorial Award – in memory of her half-sister – for the best poem on the theme: "The Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution." The Poetry Society of Texas gives the Award. She also created the Malvina Warham Brewster Annual Memorial Scholarship at the DAR School for Mountain Boys and Girls at Tamassee, SC.

     Her bequest to the Paul Carrington Chapter was to assist the Chapter in "its continued fight to foster true patriotism, to maintain and extend the institution of American Freedom, and to carry out the purposes expressed in the Preamble of the Constitution of our country, and the instructions of Washington in his Farewell Address to the American People." She also stipulated that she wished the Chapter to recognize outstanding J.R.O.T.C. and R.O.T.C. members in the Houston area in honor of her father.

     Miss Brewster never married and lived in a house with her mother and half-sister on Rosalie Street until their deaths. Her only close relatives were her niece – Rita Elizabeth "Bettie" Brewster Tidemann – and grand-niece – Paula Sue Brewster. Both took care of her in her later years.


Paul Carrington Chapter No. 5, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution
1415 South Voss Ste 110-425 — Houston, TX 77057-1086

The Paul Carrington Chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting patriotism,
preserving American history, and supporting education for our future generations.

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