Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Michele S. Jones attended the National Urban League’s Women of Power Luncheon on behalf of the U.S. Army. Jones, the first female in the Army appointed as the Army Reserve Command sergeant major, currently serves as special assistant to the secretary of defense’s White House liaison.

The Army, the nation’s largest provider of education scholarships, awarded more than $285 million merit-based scholarships through the ROTC program in 2009. Army representatives for ROTC, U.S. Army Recruiting Command and U. S. Military Academy at West Point, which was ranked the nation’s top college by Forbes magazine in 2009, provided conference attendees information on the vast range of education benefits, more than 150 career specialties and leadership development opportunities.