When Students Plan to Take the Money and Run

Is it okay to accept an ROTC scholarship and drop out of the program later to avoid paying back the grant? Plus, should a restaurant take responsibility for a patron's allergic reaction?

One of my son's best friends is planning to accept an ROTC scholarship to college and wants my son to join him. The boy seems uninterested in military service and is attracted mostly to the money. He says he can drop out of ROTC before the start of his sophomore year and not have to pay back the freshman grant. Is this true, and do you think the boy is acting ethically?

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Knight Kiplinger
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Knight came to Kiplinger in 1983, after 13 years in daily newspaper journalism, the last six as Washington bureau chief of the Ottaway Newspapers division of Dow Jones. A frequent speaker before business audiences, he has appeared on NPR, CNN, Fox and CNBC, among other networks. Knight contributes to the weekly Kiplinger Letter.