Applications sought for Valley Forge appointments

Staff report

New castle, pa.

State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Beaver/Lawrence, is seeking applications from students in the 9th Legislative District to participate in this year’s Valley Forge Military College Legislative Appointment Initiative.

One appointee will receive an annual scholarship of $12,000 to $17,500 to attend the school, which has been designated as Pennsylvania’s official military college. The scholarships are fully funded by the college.

“This program can help a local student attend one of our nation’s premier military colleges,” said Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “Valley Forge Military Academy has produced Rhodes scholars, White House fellows, Grammy winners, professional athletes and business and military leaders.”

The college offers an Army ROTC Early- Commissioning Program as well as a transfer program to four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. Students are not required to join the armed forces after completing the program.

To qualify, a student must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and an SAT score of 1000 or ACT score of 21 or higher. Candidates should be involved in extracurricular activities, demonstrate leadership ability and be service oriented.

The deadline for students to apply is Feb. 1.

Sainato is not directly involved in choosing a scholarship recipient. A selection committee comprising educators, veterans and active military will review the applications and select the most qualified candidate.

Only students in the 9th Legislative District are eligible for the scholarship through Sainato. The district consists of Darlington Township and Darlington Borough in Beaver County along with Hickory, Little Beaver, Mahoning, Neshannock, North Beaver, Pulaski and Union townships, Bessemer, Enon Valley, and S.N.P.J. boroughs and the city of New Castle in Lawrence County.

Additional information about the initiative and applications are available by contacting Sainato’s constituent service office at 724-656-1112. Completed applications must be returned to Sainato’s office, which is located at Z-Penn Building, 20 S. Mercer St., New Castle.

Founded in 1928, Valley Forge is a co-educational, two-year transfer college located in Wayne, about 15 miles west of Philadelphia. It is one of only five early-commissioning military programs in the United States.

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