The gift will be used to create a scholarship endowment and underwrite renovations to the historic OU Armory and fourth floor of Cate Center 4. The Mulva Family Foundation ROTC Scholarship Endowment will support scholarships covering tuition, room, and board for students who are enrolled in the Army ROTC, the Naval/Marine ROTC, or the Air Force ROTC. In addition, the gift will establish the Mulva Family Foundation Renovation Fund for Cate 4 and the armory. Built in 1919, the armory has served as drill floor, office space, classroom, and museum housing memorabilia collected over decades, while the fourth floor of Cate Center 4 is home to the OU Air Force ROTC program.
"As a family, we believe that it is important to give back to the schools and institutions that have been important to us," said Jim Mulva, who attended OU and participated in the Naval ROTC program before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. "We very much like supporting the young men and women who have decided to pursue military service."
"Mr. Mulva's desire to give back to the program clearly shows the quality of students who have been a part of the Navy ROTC program at OU and went on to serve as commissioned officers in the naval service," said Capt. Lyle Hall, commanding officer for the Naval/Marine ROTC and a professor of naval science. "His gift will assist in continuing to develop our future military and civic leaders through all three of OU's ROTC programs."