Baker Invites High School Students To Apply For Military Academy Scholarship

Students residing in the 20th Senatorial District who are interested in receiving a $12,000 annual legislative scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Delaware County, are encouraged to apply now through Sen. Lisa Baker’s office.

Baker has assembled a selection committee comprised of military and educational leaders who will review the qualifications of interested candidates. One candidate will be selected each year to participate in the Valley Forge Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative.

Applications are due no later than August 5, 2013. Because this is the program’s first year, the application timeline is, unfortunately, extremely compressed, college officials said.

Candidates must have earned a minimum SAT score of 1,000 and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and must submit a high school transcript and verification of ACT or SAT scores. He or she should also be active in sports or other extracurricular activities, have leadership skills and strong character, and be service-oriented.

Interested applicants can email Senator Baker at lbaker@pasen.govor call (570) 675-3931 for additional information.

“Any student can apply for the appointment, not just those interested in a military career in the Armed Forces,” Baker explained. “If scholarship students continue on to a service academy, a top-notch college education will be obtained at virtually no-cost to the student.”

Each appointee who receives a $12,000 annual scholarship to attend Valley Forge’s two-year transfer college can then apply these credits to academically competitive four-year colleges, universities or service academies.

The program is ideal for people who want to serve their nation but who 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, which was authorized through

now Act 29 of 2012. Valley Forge Military College was

founded in 1935 and has more than 300 full-time cadets.

The 20th Senatorial District includes parts of Luzerne, Monroe and Susquehanna counties and all of Pike, Wayne and Wyoming counties.