Cadets write thank you notes to scholarship donors
Cadets gathered this past week to continue the important task of writing thank you notes to the benefactors who have contributed to Fork Union Military Academy in order to provide the scholarship and financial aid funds that enable so many of our cadets to attend the school. Mrs. Jamie Krogh and Ms. Kate Pendergrass from our Development Department helped cadets put their appreciation in writing, as they crafted thank you notes to the donors who provided this much-needed assistance to the Academy.
Economic forces in today's world produce challenges for a school like Fork Union Military Academy. On the one hand, the school's costs keep rising and the electric bill needs to be paid and buses kept full of gasoline. On the other hand, household income, in inflation-adjusted dollars, has gone down or, at best, remained flat since 2000, making tuition affordability a real issue for many cadet families. Most Americans, just like the Academy, have higher bills to pay, and less disposable income with which to pay them.
While tuition at Fork Union Military Academy remains very low, relative to that of most other boarding schools in the nation, tuition has been forced up by rising costs in the last two decades and a large percentage of our Corps of Cadets would not be able to attend the Academy if not for the support of scholarships and financial aid.
The funds to help students attend the Academy do not magically "appear" in the school's accounts—real people have to write checks donating real money that the school can then use for scholarships and financial aid. The Academy simply would not be able to operate and provide a top-notch college-preparatory education to so many young men without the generosity of our alumni, family, and friends. All of us at the Academy are thankful for our donors who help us keep the Corps of Cadets strong, diverse, and committed to achievement.
A beautiful blooming campus
Springtime at Fork Union Military Academy highlights the natural beauty of the school's campus, with trees and flowers in bloom across the many acres of Academy grounds. As winter's dreariness gives way to the hopeful blossoms of spring, cadets know that the end of the academic year is within reach and graduation for our seniors is just around the corner.
CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Interact Club and Woodworking Club join forces for community project
Last Thursday afternoon, two members of the Interact Club and two members of the Woodworking Club assisted members of the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program in building a Handicap accessible picnic table (to ADA specs) to be installed at the Palmyra Veteran’s Memorial Park in Historic Palmyra. This was part of a team project from the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program which focused on making safety and other improvements to the Historic Courthouse area.