Fort Knox, Ky. (May 20, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Cadet Command has announced the eight winners of the MacArthur Awards for the school year 2013-2014.

The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 275 senior Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs nationwide, as the top programs in the country.

The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of "duty, honor and country" as advocated by MacArthur.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school's commissioning mission, its cadets' performance and standing on the command's National Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.

Cadet Command and the MacArthur Foundation have given the awards each year since 1989.
This year's eight winners are:

Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont which represents Cadet Command's 1st Brigade. The brigade consists of the nation's six senior military colleges and five of the military junior colleges.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, which represents 2nd Brigade. The brigade consists of the 42 senior Army ROTC programs in the northeast.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which represents 3rd Brigade. The brigade consists of the 41 senior Army ROTC programs in the Midwest.

The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, which represents 4th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the mid-Atlantic region.

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, which represents 5th Brigade. The brigade includes the 36 senior Army ROTC programs in the southwest.

The University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, which represents 6th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 39 senior Army ROTC programs in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, which represents 7th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, which represents 8th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 30 senior Army ROTC programs on the West Coast, as well as Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for commissioning more than 60 percent of the Army's new officers each year through 275 host programs, and more than 1,000 affiliated campuses, nationwide. The Command is also responsible for conducting the Army Junior ROTC program at more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.