HARRISBURG – Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria/Somerset) welcomed principals, superintendents and teachers representing schools in the 71st district to his office to hear from United States Army soldiers about the Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship, which covers full tuition and fees or $10,000 per year toward room and board at any college or university served by an Army (ROTC) program.
Scholarship recipients also receive a yearly book allowance of $1,200 and a monthly stipend of $420 while attending a school enrolled in the ROTC program.
Presenters included Maj. Bruce Jordan, Army ROTC assistant professor of military science; Army Sgt. First Class Andrew Fulmar; Army Cpt. Tameka Thomas; and United States Air Force MSGT Gerald Lacbain.
“As a father of three adult children, including a son who is currently serving our U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, this is information I wish would have been shared with my family,” Rigby said. “I hope the information makes its way to families who can benefit from this financial opportunity.”
Minuteman Scholarship recipients must serve in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), in which they participate in an Army Reserve or National Guard unit’s monthly drills and a 14-day annual training for which they are paid as an E-5/sergeant. After graduation and commissioning, Minuteman Scholarship recipients are guaranteed placement in the Army Reserve.
While all branches of the military were invited to the presentation, the weather and scheduling conflicts prohibited all from attending. However, all branches of the military offer comparable scholarship programs.
Attendees represented Penn Highlands Community College and Greater Johnstown, Richland and Windber Area school districts, as well as Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Bishop McCort and Westmont Hilltop high schools.
For scholarship requirements and application instructions, please visit usar.army.mil/MinutemanScholarship/
Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Alison Evans
To disseminate critical scholarship information to students, Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria/Somerset) invited Maj. Bruce Jordan, a 1990 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School and a Johnstown resident who serves as an Army ROTC cadet commander, and other Army soldiers to his office to meet with local school representatives.