LTC David L. Evans Excellence In Leadership Scholarship




LTC David L. Evans is an African American Officer in the Unites States Army. The product of a single parent household, his mother began instilling the importance of education and discipline upon his life at an early age.


The captain of Wayne County High School Waynesboro, MS JROTC Marksmanship Team, he began his military career as a Heavy Construction Equipment Repairer within the Mississippi Army National Guard.  He later enrolled in the Officer Candidate School (OCS) where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant. LTC Evans continued his military service while pursuing a college degree at Jackson State University Jackson, MS where he later received his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.


In 2007, LTC Evans withdrew from graduate school to deploy as a Platoon Leader with the 113th Military Police Company to Samarra, Iraq. During this deployment he received a Bronze Star for meritorious service. Maintaining his commitment to education and professional growth, LTC Evans returned home after his deployment to continue his graduate studies receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Jackson State University Jackson, MS.


Throughout his military career, LTC Evans served in various leadership roles of increased responsibilities at the tactical, operational and strategic level rising through the ranks where he was eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve on June 13, 2019.


LTC Evans’ military awards and accomplishment include: Bronze Star, National Defense Medal, 3-Meritoris Service Medals, 3-Army Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and others.


LTC Evans’ famous quote is from Norma Vincent Peale, “Change your thoughts, Change your world.” He strongly believes that in a world where we can be anything we want, we must always choose to be kind to mankind. LTC Evans had a vision that a single act of random kindness has the ability to change a persons’ life, thereby changing the world.


Devoted to this vision and commitment to provide guidance, assistance and mentorship to the future military leaders of tomorrow LTC Evans established the “LTC David L. Evans Excellence in Leadership Scholarship” in 2019.




Applicants must be a US Citizen, resident of Mississippi, and a high school student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarship is reserved for a student who will attend Jackson State University.


Scholarship Inclusion:

The recipient of this scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship paid directly to Jackson State University.


Application Requirements:

Applicants will be required to submit a 2-4 minute video presentation answering the following question.


"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." - Jim Rohn

LT​C Evans has lived his life with great discipline. What does the above quote mean to you? Do you agree or disagree? Why?


Please include the following in your response:

  • Introduction. Tell us your name, where you are from, your current high school, and where you plan to attend college.
  • Response. What does the above quote mean to you? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Personal. Tell about a time where discipline (or lack of) played a role in an important task, decision or event in your life.
  • Lessons. What was the most pivotal moment of that task, decision or event that you realized the importance of discipline?
  • Benefits. How had that moment helped you in completing the task, decision or event?
  • Closing. How do you think discipline will help you throughout life? (In college, career, family and/or community)

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA; must submit school transcript when applicable.


Some Advice:

  • Try to restate the questions in your response.
  • Remember posture is important.
  • Record your video with appropriate lighting using a neutral background.
  • Pick a quiet area.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Your final submission should be free of grammatical errors.





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