Scholarships and Awards
Creating Opportunities for All
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Academic and Leadership Scholarships at Valley Forge Military College
VFMC has provided millions of dollars throughout our history to cadets to recognize them for their academic achievements and service contributions to their communities. The College has made the financial commitment to assist our applicants with institutional awards to recognize these achievements and provide assistance to offset the financial cost of a valuable college education. The scholarships listed below are awarded in order to a maximum of $17,000 per student per year. Early Commissioning Program students, Prepsters, and graduates of VFMA are not eligible for these scholarships (see below for scholarships they are eligible for). International students are eligible for these scholarships.
- Merit Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded for exemplary academic achievement at the secondary level. Students applying to VFMC with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and a combined SAT score of 1100 or 22 on the ACT will be awarded $10,000. Applicants who hold a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 and a combined SAT score of 1000 or ACT of 19 will be awarded $8,000. Those applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a combined SAT score of 950 or ACT of 17 will be awarded $5,000. Cadets must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by college policies to retain their scholarship for a second year.
- Service Award Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students or dependents of active members of the U.S. military, U.S. military veterans, police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and other first responders. Other “service related” positions may be considered. Students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5, combined SAT of 1000 or ACT 19. Students must provide verifiable proof of qualifications. If qualified, students will be eligible for a scholarship of up to $2,500.
- Drill Team Scholarship
Awarded to applicants who participated for at least one year in a secondary school drill unit, this scholarship is worth up to $2,000 and is renewable for a second year of study at VFMC. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their drill team advisor and make a commitment to participate in the VFMC Drill Team for the year in which the scholarship is awarded. Cadets must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by college policies in order to retain their scholarship for a second year.
- Regimental Band Scholarship
Awarded to applicants who participated for at least one year in a secondary school band or who have a portfolio of performances documenting a similar commitment of time to their musical craft. This scholarship is worth up to $2,000 and is renewable for a second year of study at VFMC. Applicants must provide a letter of a recommendation from their high school band director, and successfully complete an audition for the Valley Forge Regimental Band Director. This scholarship is renewable for one year of study at VFMC. Cadets must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by college policies in order to retain their scholarship for a second year.
- Cornerstone Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to any applicant with a demonstrated commitment to the ideals of Valley Forge Military College and a desire to foster those ideals on campus. Students must apply for this scholarship through the Enrollment Manager, by providing two letters of recommendation from non-family members familiar with their leadership abilities or potential, and they must complete a 1,000-word essay to be reviewed by the scholarship committee regarding how they live the ideals of Valley Forge’s Five Cornerstones of academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development, and leadership. This scholarship is worth up to between $2,000 and $7,000 per year.
Prepster Scholarship to Valley Forge Military College
The Prepster Program at VFMC is a special program available to applicants with the stated aim of attending one of the five national service academies or one of the eleven senior military colleges. Those cadets participating in this program are awarded a full room and board scholarship, and a grant to cover the additional training that comes with the program.
Applicants to the program must hold a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 and a combined SAT score of 1000 or ACT of 19. They must test into Precalculus and be ready for introductory English class. These cadets must sign a written commitment to apply to a service academy or senior military college by the end of their first year at VFMC and they must submit their application on time for consideration. They must agree to meet with the Prepster Program Director and Advisor and participate in the enhanced training that is part of this program.
Hard Charger Scholarship for Graduates of Valley Forge Military Academy
This scholarship is awarded to any graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy who chooses to attend VFMC in the year after their graduation from the Academy. This scholarship covers room and board expenses and provides a merit scholarship of $1,500 for those with a GPA of over 2.0. Awardees must have spent a minimum of one year at the Academy.
US Army Early Commissioning ROTC Program Scholarship
Interested students must apply through the Valley Forge ROTC office. The scholarship covers full tuition and some fees. VFMC provides all ECP awardees with a full room and board scholarship. Eligibility for this program includes a cumulative 2.5 GPA, combined SAT score of 920 or 19 on the ACT, passing of the DOD medical exam, as well as other citizenship, age, and character requirements.