BETHLEHEM, January 21, 2016 – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that one student in the 18th Senatorial District will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend the Valley Forge Military College (VFMC) in Wayne, PA.


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The scholarship is made available through a partnership between VFMC and the General Assembly through Act 29 of 2012.

“I am pleased that this partnership will once again allow one student from my district to attend this high quality educational institution,” Boscola said. “Through its military structured environment, students receive an education that prepares them to go on to a four year college or a service academy. For students interested in serving our country, Valley Forge Military Academy gives them an outstanding opportunity to learn about a career in the military.”

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Friday, February 12, 2016. Applications must be returned to Senator Boscola’s Bethlehem Office at One East Broad Street, Suite 120, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

In accordance with Act 29 of 2012, Boscola set up a selection committee that has the sole authority to select the student from her district to receive the scholarship. The Selection Committee is comprised of Lt. Colonel John McGeehan (Ret.); Raymond Greene, retired Director of Veterans Affairs of Northampton County; and Viola C. Hertzog, VSO, Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs for Lehigh County.

The student chosen by the committee will receive a guaranteed acceptance to Valley Forge Military College and a minimum $12,000 scholarship from VFMC. The student will also have the opportunity to be nominated to the Early Commissioning Program (ECP) at Valley Forge, where if the nominee is accepted, the student can receive an essentially cost-free college education. Upon completion of the ECP, students can earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in just two years instead of four.

If you are a student who resides in the 18th Senatorial District and are interested in obtaining an application or more information, please contact Kurt Derr in Senator Boscola’s Bethlehem office at 610-868-8667. Applications will also be available on Senator Boscola’s website at A list of municipalities in the 18th District can be found at

The scholarship is funded through private sources and does not use state funds.

More information on the scholarship program is available on Valley Forge Military College’s website at