Seniors urged to apply for scholarship


First Posted: 11/24/2014

High school seniors who reside in the 20th Senatorial District are encouraged to apply for a $12,000 annual legislative scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College, Sen. Lisa Baker has announced.

One candidate from the district is selected annually to participate in the Valley Forge Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative. A selection committee comprised of local military and educational leaders will select the scholarship recipient. Each winner will receive guaranteed admission and a partial scholarship for up to two years.

Students who attend Valley Forge’s two-year transfer college can then apply these credits to academically competitive four-year colleges, universities or service academies.

“Any student with a strong character, academic record and commitment to service can apply for the appointment,” Baker explained. “If scholarship students continue on to a service academy, they will be able to obtain a top-notch college education at virtually no cost to the student.”

The relatively new program has proven to be particularly popular with young people who want to serve their nation but have not been accepted to one of the five U.S. service academies, school officials said.

No state funds are used for the program. The program is funded by the Valley Forge Military College.

Scholarship applicants must have earned a minimum SAT score of 1,000 and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. They should also be active in sports or other extracurricular activities and exhibit leadership skills, good character, and a service-oriented commitment.

Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2015.

Copies of an applicant’s high school transcript, along with ACT or SAT scores, are also required to apply for the scholarship.

For an application or additional information, email Diane McNaughton at dmmcnaughton@pasen.gov or call 717-787-7428.

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