One Grove City High School senior's mental and physical prowess has given him the chance to get an education while pursuing his dream of becoming a Marine.

One Grove City High School senior's mental and physical prowess has given him the chance to get an education while pursuing his dream of becoming a Marine.

Aaron Lewis, 18, recently was awarded a $150,000 Naval Reserves Officer Training Corps scholarship. The funding will pay for Lewis's food, tuition and books during his four-year education at Miami University.

"I am very excited," Lewis said.

He plans to major in kinesiology and nutrition while also receiving Marine Corps officer training.

To submit a scholarship application, students must have an overall grade-point average of 3.2 or higher, said Master Sgt. Stephan Rohr. They also must score at least 74 of a possible 99 in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test; at least 1000 of a possible 2400 in the SAT; or at least 24 of a possible 36 in the ACT.

Students also must score at least 225 of a possible 300 in the Marine Corps physical fitness test, which consists of pull ups, crunches and a three-mile run. Lewis scored 267.

"That is very good," Rohr said.

Of 200 applications in a recruiting area including Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and a portion of Tennessee, Lewis was one of two students awarded a scholarship.

Lewis continually exhibits leadership and dependability, skills necessary for a Marine Corps officer, Rohr said.

"He definitely stood out ," Rohr said.

Matt Jordan, social studies teacher and head football coach at GCHS, has known Lewis for two years as a student and a member of the football team.

He said the high school senior and football captain has strong leadership skills and an incredible work ethic.

"He's a great student," Jordan said.

With a father who served in the Marine Corps and a mother who served in the U.S. Navy, Lewis said he grew up in a military household. His father introduced him to sports, and he had a competitive nature growing up.

Before he transferred to GCHS, Lewis played basketball and track at Central Crossing High School. When a school levy failed during his sophomore year and sports were eliminated, Lewis first began to consider whether he wanted to go after a full ride sports scholarship.

He still wanted to go to college, he said, and he wanted to travel.

"I didn't want to stay in the same place my whole life," he said.

He realized the Marine Corps could help him achieve these things, while enabling him to share a special bond with his father.

"I'd be part of a brotherhood that not many people could say they were a part of," Lewis said.