Baker Offers Scholarship for Military Academy

HARRISBURG—(December 9, 2013)  High school seniors residing in the 20th Senatorial District who are interested in receiving a $12,000 annual legislative scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College are encouraged to apply now through Sen. Lisa Baker’s Office.

One candidate will be selected each year to participate in the Valley Forge Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative.  Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of local military and educational leaders.  Each winner will receive guaranteed admission and a guaranteed 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 good grades and a 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 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.

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, have leadership skills, strong character, and a service-oriented commitment.

Applications are due by February 1, 2014.

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

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.

For an application or additional information, please email Diane McNaughton at, or call 717-787-7428.

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Diane McNaughton
(717) 787-7428

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