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New Agreement Will Allow Whitworth Students to Enroll in Air Force ROTC Classes

June 7, 2021

Whitworth University and Washington State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 905 have signed a crosstown agreement that will allow Whitworth students to enroll in Air Force ROTC classes offered on WSU’s Pullman campus. 

A crosstown agreement allows students to enroll full time at their institution of choice while simultaneously taking Air Force ROTC classes at a university that hosts a training detachment. 

Whitworth will provide students with transportation to WSU once a week for required aerospace classes and leadership labs. 

Any student can apply to be in the ROTC. If they meet minimum requirements, they will be enrolled in 100-level aerospace courses. Students can earn an ROTC scholarship while in high school or in college. If a full-tuition ROTC scholarship is earned, Whitworth will also provide a full room-and-board scholarship. An ROTC cadet who contracts with the Air Force will earn a commission as a second lieutenant upon graduation. 

“As an Air Force veteran, being able to bring Air Force ROTC to Whitworth is very exciting to me,” says Phil Labrie, assistant director, military & veterans outreach. “With Fairchild Air Force Base being so close and a large Air Force community here in Spokane, this partnership makes perfect sense. We have an amazing opportunity to produce officers for the Air Force that will lead our country with the same principles that support Whitworth’s mind-and-heart education.”

Whitworth also has an Army ROTC program that develops and commissions officers for the United States Army. This program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army, Gonzaga University and Whitworth and can be completed alongside any academic major or program. Most ROTC classes and events are hosted at Gonzaga University with the Bulldog Batallion.

Whitworth is proud of the relationship we have with our veterans and are pleased that the support we provide them has been recognized by some of the nation’s top military and news publications. Viqtory Media has named Whitworth a Military Friendly School® with bronze distinction for the past two years, and U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Whitworth among the top universities in the region, naming Whitworth No. 2 in the West for Veterans for 2021. 

For more information on Whitworth’s ROTC programs and how to enroll, click here

About Whitworth University: 

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Phil Labrie, assistant director, military & veterans outreach, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3302 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or