Alcovy High 2014 graduate Robert Bullard will be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall on a full-ride football scholarship. Bullard plans to obtain a degree in business, but could also picture himself playing in the NFL. (Special photo)
COVINGTON — A recent Alcovy High graduate is preparing to head to Colorado Springs to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall after accepting a full-ride football scholarship.
Robert Bullard, who was a defensive cornerback for the Alcovy Tigers, will be attending the Air Force Academy tuition-free. According to the AFA’s public affairs office, a four-year education at the Air Force Academy is worth about $416,000.
Having been contacted by an AFA recruiting coach in 11th grade, Bullard then began to express an interest in attending the prestigious military academy.
“The more I learned about the Air Force Academy, the more I learned of all the good things I could get attending there,” said Bullard. He went on to add, “When I go to the Academy, I want to get my degree in business while playing football, which is a love of mine. I want to get a good education and a good job and provide for my family.”
His love of football inspired him to push forward and seek a scholarship to enroll in the AFA, where he will attend the prep school for his first year and then transfer to the Academy for the remaining four years. During his freshman year, Bullard will be known as a “doolie,” which the AFA’s website states is a nickname for fourth-class cadet freshmen. His ultimate goal upon graduating from the AFA, when he will be commissioned as a second class lieutenant, is to obtain a job contracting for the Air Force. However, he is unsure if this is where his future lies, as he has dreams of playing professional football as well.
“I know I have the abilities to make it far,” said Bullard. “In the Air Force you have to wait two years after you graduate before you can get into the NFL. So if it goes like I want it to, I can see myself doing that.”
He added that getting the AFA scholarship is something that gives him something to look forward to in the coming years.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “I don’t have to pay anything, I’ll get a great education, and I get to play a sport that I love — it’s just a dream come true.”
The Alcovy faculty is equally excited for him, reflecting on Bullard’s accomplishments throughout the years.
“Robert has demonstrated a commitment to the total school program here at Alcovy,” said Alcovy football coach Kirk Hoffman. “As a football coach, nothing pleases me more than seeing my athletes excel on both the field and in the classroom. Robert has shown the many characteristics that define what a true student athlete is. Robert is intelligent, athletic, hard-working and friendly. He shows equal persistence and dedication in his athletic endeavors as he does in his academic work. He has earned and deserves the honors that he has achieved on and off the playing field. I truly believe that Robert will make Alcovy proud as he takes his athletic talent to the Air Force Academy next year.”
Alcovy Principal Dr. Sandra Owens expressed her enthusiasm as well.
“Robert excels in everything that he does,” said Owens. “His accomplishments at Alcovy High School have opened the door of opportunity to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. I know he will be successful there, and his family plus the Alcovy Community are very proud of him.”