West Point Cadet Named Southampton Scholar

By West Point Public Affairs

Date: Monday, May 01, 2023 Time: 21:38 EST RELEASE NO: 09-23

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Alicyn Grete, Class of 2023, was named a Southampton scholar today. The Southampton-West Point Scholarship was established in 2019 to deepen United States–United Kingdom cooperation and to facilitate the development of high-performing, thoughtful, and culturally competent leaders for the Army. 

“Being a Southampton scholar is an incredible opportunity to connect the organizations I represent from the United States with like-minded organizations in the United Kingdom and collaborate on the shared mission of bringing the most-needed healthcare to the areas of greatest need. I am immensely thankful for the ability to develop the leadership necessary to drive international humanitarian medical efforts.” 

About the Southampton scholar 

Cadet Alicyn Grete was born and raised in Niceville, Fla., and is a Life Science major at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is a Division I softball pitcher and also a Stamps Scholar. Off the field, Grete leads a Bible study through Officers’ Christian Fellowship and volunteers with West Point’s tutoring program. In the summer of 2022, she led the Cadet Counseling Unit, providing suicide prevention and mental health resources for 1,200 new cadets during Cadet Basic Training.  

Grete's leadership abilities have made her an effective member of academic research teams. She has studied the medical applications of 3D bioprinting and helped develop an affordable bubble bilevel positive airway pressure respiratory device for use in rural Africa. This research inspired her to join Medical Makers, an organization that designs low-cost medical technologies for austere environments. As a Medical Maker, Grete had the opportunity to be an analog astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station. She tested simulation-based surgical training for use in space and demonstrated that 3D printing technology and offline instructional modules can allow non-medical crew members to teach themselves emergency tibial surgery. 

Grete plans to complete a Public Health Management master’s degree at the University of Southampton. After returning to the U.S. for medical school, she will serve as an Army physician in anesthesiology or emergency medicine and hopes to eventually work in international humanitarian medical care. 

About West Point  

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.