PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is participating in the Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative, which allows each state legislator to appoint a student from their district as a commonwealth scholar for admission to Valley Forge Military College.
Any senior high school student who resides in the 194th Legislative District with an interest in attending the Valley Forge Military College may apply.
Eligibility criteria for a candidate is established by the college. Candidates may submit their applications, which should include a 500-word essay, high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores directly to DeLissio’s district office. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. This appointment includes a guaranteed partial scholarship.
Valley Forge Military College is a co-educational junior college in the military-school tradition located in Wayne, Pa. Valley Forge Military College, “The Military College of Pennsylvania,” is unique as it is the only private junior military college in the United States where the entire college student body is military cadets from the U.S. and international cadets. All students are members of the corps of cadets. VFMC is the only military college that caters to all branches of the U.S. military through the ROTC and the “Prepster” program for all five U.S. federal service academies.
A student awarded the LAI Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. The full amount awarded depends upon the academic achievement of the student selected and the minimum annual award is $12,000 per year for an unweighted high school GPA of 2.5, rising to an annual award of $18,000 per year for an unweighted high school GPA of 3.75 or higher.
After a candidate has submitted an application, along with the accompanying documents that are needed, the application will be under review by the volunteer Selection Committee, which is comprised of five constituents of the 194th Legislative District.
DeLissio is prohibited from being on the Selection Committee or influencing the selection in any way.
The role of the Selection Committee includes review of all applications submitted by eligible students and to make a recommendation to DeLissio of their selected successful candidate and two alternate candidates.
The recommended candidates’ application, transcript and essay will be submitted to VFMC by the Selection Committee no later than March 1. VFMC will then review the candidate’s application. The VFMC will make the final decision and notify the candidate after May 1.
Interested students can check with their school guidance counselor for an application. Applications are also available in DeLissio’s district office.
DeLissio said that she is looking forward to participating in this initiative as an opportunity to showcase a rising senior from the area.