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Monday, February 27, 2012

Norwich University student wins prestigious military schools award

For Immediate Release
Feb. 27, 2012

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Norwich University officials announced that Donald Dibastiani, 21, of Norrisville, Md., is the first Norwich student to win the General Willard Scott Award.

The $2,500 award will be presented to Dibastiani at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS), held this week in Alexandria, Va.

Dibastiani is a senior in the Corps of Cadets majoring in management and holds the highest rank of cadet colonel, which makes him commander of the 1,311 Corps regiment.

“To be selected for this award is truly an honor that I believe speaks to the type of person that Norwich University produces,” Dibastiani said. “The views of General Scott of love of God, country, and service to others…align with the mission of the university, and I am proud to be a representative of Norwich and share the values that General Scott cherished so dearly.”

About the award:

The General Willard Scott Award is established jointly by AMCSUS and the Scott family to honor the many contributions of General Scott to AMCSUS and the military education of young men and women. General Scott was executive director of AMCSUS from 1988-1997.

The Scott Award of $2500 will go to a distinguished cadet at one of the AMCSUS schools who personifies the ideals of General Scott: love of God, love of country, and service to others. The recipient should be a well-rounded cadet who has excelled in academics, athletics, leadership, and service.


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu