HARRISBURG, Jan. 7, 2014 — State Sen. John Blake today said the deadline for area high school students wanting to be his appointee to the Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Philadelphia is just around the corner.

Valley Forge partners with Sen. Blake and other Pennsylvania lawmakers to award one appointment from each legislative district to the two-year military academy in Wayne.

Scholarships range from $12,000 to $17,000 and are awarded based on academic performance in high school. Blake’s appointee will earn a fully accredited associates degree and have the opportunity to become a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after only two years of college.

“We have received some good applications to date, but we want to make sure everyone who is sincerely interested has the opportunity to apply for this unique opportunity,” Blake said.

The Valley Forge Military Academy & College educates students in an academic and military environment to prepare them for a four-year college or university education. The accredited 78-year-old institution enrolls more than 300 cadets each year.

To be considered as a Valley Forge Military Academy & College appointee, a student must carry a minimum 2.5 GPA, a combined SAT score of at least 1,000 (or 21 on the ACT), pass a Department of Defense medical exam, be at least 17 years old, and be a U.S. citizen “with good moral character.”

Acceptance and participation in the Army ROTC/Early Commissioning program can result in the cadet leaving college with no debt.

Applications for this appointment can be found in high school guidance offices or by calling Sen. Blake’s district office at 570-207-2881.