Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-08-19


Samford University Air Force ROTC cadet William Hyden of Pelham, Ala., has been named recipient of a $3,000 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Joan Bowden Memorial Scholarship.

Hyden was chosen for the award from among cadets representing all AFROTC Detachments in the Mid-south region. The scholarship, established to promote educational excellence, encourage professional development and recognize academic achievement, is awarded based on grade point average, physical fitness and leadership skills.

Cadet Hyden received another honor when he finished number one at recent Field Training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. The ranking earned him the “Top Gun” designation at the end of the rigorous four-week period of leadership and team training for Air Force officer candidates. 

Hyden, a cadet in Samford AFROTC Detachment 012, is a junior business management major at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the son of Kim and Gary Hyden of Pelham.

The Samford-based AFROTC detachment includes cadets who are enrolled as students at Samford and five other Birmingham area colleges and universities.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.