Senior Airman Rigel Valverde impressed his peers and faculty as a Webster University student, and now he’s impressed the Air Force too.
Currently assigned to Randolph Air Force Base and having recently completed all requirements for the MBA at Webster University, Valverde has been selected for Officer Training School (OTS) as a Combat Systems Officer.
OTS is not easy to get into: Just to apply, candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree, complete an AF Officer Qualifying Test, and meet other stringent physical, medical and academic requirements. A personal interview is also required in order to assess the special qualifications required of an officer in terms of motivation, goals, leadership ability, communication skills, adaptability, and other qualities.
After reviewing hundreds of applications for OTS from currently assigned airman and civilians across the country, a board of senior Air Force officers selected Valverde. Valverde’s test scores, work experience, accomplishments, adaptability, character, leadership ability and potential for future growth were found to be worthy of officer candidacy.
When asked to comment about his selection, Valverde was quick to attribute his academic success to his studies at Webster University.
First Recipient of Joyce Garlick Peavy Endowed Scholarship
Just prior to his announced selection to OTS, Valverde received his MBA during graduation ceremonies at Webster’s Fort Sam Houston campus location — where he also received another honor: He’s the first recipient of the inaugural Joyce Garlick Peavy Endowed Scholarship.
The honor was presented during a special 35th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony Oct. 29, 2011, with associate vice president Randy Wright and Texas regional director Joyce Garlick Peavy commending Valverde for his outstanding accomplishments and dedication to his educational pursuits.
Peavy said Valverde exemplified all the personal and academic attributes the scholarship was established to recognize. Coupled with his selection to OTS, Valverde will no doubt continue making positive and lasting contributions as an alumnus of Webster University.