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The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Program typically awards $35,000 in scholarships annually to deserving Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students from our area Colleges and Universities.

To apply for a post scholarship, please have your commanding officer submit the Nomination Form.

2017 Scholarship Recipients photo

2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Dr. Augustus D. Pistilli Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Liam Fontaine, who is a member of the Navy ROTC at Villanova University and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. Liam has shown the highest level of devotion both academically and to the Midshipman Battalion. He consistently serves at Midshipmen community service events exemplified by his membership in the prestigious Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity which focuses on service, scholarship, and leadership.

The Louis P. Morris, Sr. Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Abigail Daley, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Blue Mountain Battalion” at Dickinson College, studying Biology at Millersville University. Abigail was thrice selected as a Scholar Athlete by the PA State Athletic Conference; as well as earning placement on the Dean’s list every semester since first-year. She was selected as Company Executive Officer during Advanced Camp and was one of the top 10% of Cadets in the Nation.

The M. Paul Brott Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Colin Luzzi, who is a member of the Navy ROTC at the University of Pennsylvania and is studying Systems Engineering at Penn. Colin has proven himself a capable engineer and aspiring Naval Officer through his academic, military, and extracurricular accomplishments. He was hand selected as company executive officer and is a candidate for future Battalion Command.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Air Force Cadet Jesse Yoder, who is a member of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 750 at St. Joseph’s University, and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. Jesse served as detachment’s executive officer; coordinated logistics and communication for 70+ cadets; previously serving as squadron and group leadership.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Calan Farley, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Task Force Dragon Battalion” at Drexel University, and is studying Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. Calan is an extraordinary Cadet that epitomizes the leadership and character qualities of an Army Officer. Cadet Farley is also a founding member and Current President of the Drexel Student Post of SAME.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Brian Reid, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Blue Mountain Battalion” at Dickinson College and studying math at Dickinson College. At Dickinson, his motivation inspires others. He twice led the program’s Army 10-mile team, and served as anchor of the Ranger Challenge team. He successfully balances academics with a double major in music, part-time work, ROTC, and serves as Captain of Dickinson’s swim team.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Connor Fink, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Task Force Dragon Battalion” at Drexel University and is studying Biomedical Engineering at Drexel. Cadet Fink is a natural leader who builds teams; motivates others to accomplish any mission or task; and is a stellar Dean’s List student. He is also very active on campus, serving as Officer and Executive committee member of a fraternity and as an officer of the Drexel Student Post of SAME.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Kaitlin Grisanti, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Red Diamond Battalion” at Temple University, and is studying Kinesiology at Temple University. She is one of the top 4 Cadets of over 120 Cadets, and was recently selected in a competitive, nationwide process to receive a Culture Understanding and Language Proficiency Internship in Malaysia. Cadet Grisanti is also a scholar-athlete as a member of the Temple University Rowing Team.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Ryan Hunt, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Steel Battalion” at Lehigh University, and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh. He is the lead junior cadet, served as the team sergeant for the Ranger Challenge team, and is a mentor to other cadets in the battalion. Active in the community, he is the Vice President of his fraternity, Chi Psi and is also a member of the Catholic Student Union.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Won-June Choi, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Freedom Battalion” at Widener University, and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. In addition to the A average in military science courses, he balances academics with volunteer work, spending one day a week with a local veterans’ center and services to other community projects.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Trina Whiteside, who is a member of the Army ROTC “Steel Battalion” at Lehigh University, and is studying Civil Engineering at Lehigh. She participated on the Ranger Challenge Team, and is a member of Engineers without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, and Global Citizenship Program.

Summer Camp Attendees

SAME/U.S. Marine Corps Engineering Camp, Camp Lejeune, NC, June 19-25, 2016
Jared Cooper, who is a Junior at West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA, was sponsored by the Philadelphia Post.

SAME/U.S. Air Force Engineering and Construction Camp, Colorado Springs, CO, July 6-13, 2016
Mark Lawrence
, who is a senior at Mahanoy Area High School, Mahanoy, PA, was sponsored by the Philadelphia Post.

Scholarship Recipients 2016

2016 Scholarship Recipients

The Dr. Augustus D. Pistilli Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Zachary Brogie, a member of the STEEL Battalion at Lehigh University. Cadet Brogie is in his junior year, studying Electrical Engineering. He has distinguished himself as a superb student and cadet leader who has a passion for parks, wildlife and local community. He has dedicated countless hours assisting others including the development of a new wildlife education program directed to elementary school children in Bethlehem.

The Louis P. Morris, Sr. Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Christopher Fritz, a member of the Blue Mountain Battalion at Dickinson College, one of the top two cadets in his Class. Cadet Fritz is in his junior year, studying Physics making Dean’s list every semester and currently 10th in his Class. He is a teaching assistant in advanced Physics, a private tutor and conducted research with a NSF Grant in 2015. He is a blend of strong technical proficiency, outstanding character and exceptional leadership.

The M. Paul Brott Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Stanley Burke, a member of the Navy ROTC at the University of Pennsylvania. MIDN Burke is in his junior year, studying Chemical Engineering at Drexel University. He is enthusiastic, diligent, and driven. Burke remains poised and calm under pressure and displays great perseverance and mental toughness as a student leader. He aspires to become a Submarine Officer and currently serves as Vice President of Drexel’s Student Chapter of SAME.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Daniel G. Garman, a member of Army ROTC at Widener University, top ranking Engineering Cadet at Widener. Cadet Garman is in his junior year, studying Civil Engineering. He was vital in the Dauntless Battalion Ranger Challenge Team taking second place in the Darby Bracket; first time the battalion has placed in seven years. His leadership, determination for excellence and outstanding character has gained the respect of his fellow students and professors.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Kurt A. Heidemann, a member of the Navy ROTC at the Villanova University. MIDN Heidemann is in his junior year, studying Electrical Engineering. He is a dynamic and inspirational leader with limitless determination who excels in academics, military leadership and devotion to his NROTC unit, university and community. He epitomizes the virtues of academic achievement, leadership and citizenship.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Christopher Hamilton, USMC, a member of the Navy ROTC at the University of Pennsylvania. MIDN Hamilton is in his 2nd/junior year, studying Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University. Consistent high academic performance with perfect scores in Naval Science Curriculum and Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test with physical and mental toughness and coolness under pressure. He earned a “blue to green” change in 2014, an achievement claimed by less than six percent of applicants.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Jacob Heybey, a member of Army ROTC at Dickinson College, top of his Class. Cadet Heybey is in his senior year, studying Computer Science making Dean’s list every semester and currently in the top 10% of his Class. He attended Air Assault training last summer finishing in the top 10% of more than 5,500 cadets nationwide. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate and has been selected to the Army’s newest Cyber Branch.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Air Force Cadet Azeem Merchant, a member of Air Force ROTC Detachment 750 at St Joseph’s University. Cadet Merchant is in his senior year at Drexel University, studying Environmental Engineering. He attended Project Global Officer Program for advanced Arabic language and cultural competency. He also served as Operations Group Commander, Detachments Executive Officer, Cadet Squadron Commander and Honor Guard all five years. “He leads from the front.”

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet William W. Long, a member of Army ROTC at Drexel University in his junior year, studying Mechanical Engineering. Overcoming difficulties with diligence and character, Cadet Long has met initial academic and personal challenges with exemplary academic, athletic (Division I wrestling) and military performance. “He finishes what he starts and never lets adversity get him down.” Co-op experience has affirmed his goal of becoming an aviation officer.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Dylan Dilulio, a member of the STEEL Battalion at Lehigh University. Cadet Dilulio is in his junior year, studying Environmental Engineering. He has set himself apart through hard work, dedication, resilience and perseverance even through a variety of challenges. He fosters an environment that keeps cadets engaged, challenged and encouraged to realize their fullest potential. He undoubtedly will become an outstanding Army Officer.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Benjamin Goldblatt, a member of Army ROTC at Drexel University in his junior year, studying Mechanical Engineering and is a member of both the Pennoni Honors College and the Paul Peck Scholar Program. Cadet Goldblatt has trained with Guyanese Cadets At Camp Tacama, Guyana and Brazilian Commandos in Camp Makoria, Brazil. He has participated in Cadet Troop Leading Training (CTLT) in Ft. Carson with the 52nd Engineer Battalion. He is a cadet who always challenges himself to do better.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet John Jasionowicz, a member of Army ROTC at Temple University in his junior year, studying Civil Engineering. Cadet Jasionowicz has consistently demonstrated academic excellence and ROTC leadership. He puts forth 100% effort into many professional and community endeavors: Ranger Challenge Captain, Color Guard, Temple Diamond Leader, Student Rec Board Representative, Engineers Without Borders Project Lead, SAME, ASCE, ASHE, AUSA, Stroudsburg Wesleyen Church volunteer, and USACE Internship at Philadelphia District.