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The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Program typically awards $40,000+ in scholarships annually to deserving Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students from our area Colleges and Universities.

 

2020 Scholarship Recipients

 

The M. Paul Brott Scholarship is awarded to Air Force Cadet Sydney D. Taggart, who is a
member of AFROTC at Saint Joseph’s University majoring in Biology. Cadet Taggart has proven herself
to be incredibly hard-working, determined, and successful. She has efficiently balanced Air Force ROTC
requirements as Mission Support Group Commander while also maintaining a perfect ROTC GPA this
semester on top of multiple community activities. Cadet Taggart has served as director of support, finance
officer, and chief of protocol in Arnold Air Society assisting in the execution of training operations. Served
as Honor Guard commander, assistant director of training, operations group commander, and director of
support of training operations. Has served as Public Affairs Officer, Mission Support Group Commander,
and Freshmen Flight Commander. Cadet Taggart has also been a Teaching Assistant; participated in
undergraduate research; selected for Sigma Zeta (STEM honor society), Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-medical
honor society) and Sigma Xi (Research honor society); and received Dean’s List honors every semester.
CDT Taggart has excelled in all aspects of AFROTC, academics and community.

The Dr. Augustus D. Pistilli Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Cardon Furry who is a member
of the Widener University “Dauntless Battalion’ and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Villanova
University. Cadet Furry motivates and inspires her fellow classmates; she stands out as an energetic
leader with all requisite skills. She achieves superior academic grades and physical fitness scores. Cadet
Furry is a Member of the Special Olympics Committee at Villanova University where as Committee
Member and Local Program host, she has planned and executed four Olympics, the largest student
program in the world. She is a member of Blue Key Society and Society of Women Engineers and plays
multiple intramural sports. Her motivation and her drive for perfection results in superior academic
grades and she is prepared and eager to become an engineering officer. CDT Furry is a dedicated student
of Hindi and Swahili languages and cultures included time in host nation. CDT Furry has stepped out as
a natural leader, a top cadet and a future great officer.

The Louis P. Morris, Sr. Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Mark Mumford who is a member
of the Widener University “Dauntless Battalion’ and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Villanova
University. Cadet Mumford has set himself apart from his peers as an ROTC Cadet, a student, and
in his community involvement. He is very active in ROTC and veterans programs. Was recently the
Company Commander within the Cadet Battalion instrumental in leading, planning and executing
physical training, leadership labs, and daily administrative tasks. He was selected to be the Battalion
Operations Officer. Excels in the highly demanding major of Chemical Engineering. Active in the Omega
Chi Epsilon (National Chemical Engineering Honor Society), Villanova Environmental Group, the Villanova
Rugby Club, intramural flag football and is a recipient of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry ROTC. Has
participated in The American Institute of Chemical Engineers workshops; work groups and focus areas
discussions of Chemical Engineer departments of collective universities; ChemE Sports Competition
against other universities; and a US Army internship with the United States Army Corps of Engineers
in Pittsburgh, PA. Cadet Mumford is ranked in the top 10% of cadets within the nation; will be a
Distinguished Military Graduate upon graduation; and has been selected to branch within the Corps
of Engineers in April when he commissions. Cadet Mumford is dedicated and extremely talented with
outstanding potential as a future leader in the US Army.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Brittany Smith
who is a member of the Dickinson College Army ROTC Blue Mountain Battalion and is studying
Mathematics at Gettysburg College. Cadet Smith is a top cadet and excellent team player who has
shown great determination. Cadet Smith led her Ranger Challenge section this year in assisting the Blue
Mountain Battalion Team overall. She also served as the Cadet Battalion S3/Operations Officer and a
squad leader. Cadet Smith has played varsity soccer as well as intramural programs. She is a natural
leader and is blessed with great integrity.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Brittany Smith
who is a member of the Dickinson College Army ROTC Blue Mountain Battalion and is studying
Mathematics at Gettysburg College. Cadet Smith is a top cadet and excellent team player who has
shown great determination. Cadet Smith led her Ranger Challenge section this year in assisting the Blue
Mountain Battalion Team overall. She also served as the Cadet Battalion S3/Operations Officer and a
squad leader. Cadet Smith has played varsity soccer as well as intramural programs. She is a natural
leader and is blessed with great integrity.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Andrew T Lehman
who is a member of the Drexel University Army ROTC “Task Force Dragon” majoring in Chemical
Engineering. Cadet Lehman epitomizes the leadership and character qualities of an Army Officer. He is
always striving for excellence leading by example. Cadet Lehman has been a member of the Task Force
Dragon Color Guard, Ranger Challenge Team assisting on multiple committees to include Alumni Hall of
Fame Ceremony. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity,
Club Swimming, and Club Water Polo. Cadet Lehman is one of the most dedicated cadets in the program
and is a quiet professional selflessly ensuring fellow cadet development. As a Chemical Engineering
student, he has balanced the rigorous program and the requirements within his undergraduate curriculum.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Samuel Lee who
is a member of the Temple University Army ROTC majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Cadet Lee is a
dedicated decision-maker and mentor to younger Cadets. Beyond ROTC, Cadet Lee has interned in the
private sector and Temple University including as a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Courses; and has
volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher and Vocation Career Prep School. He is a quality young leader
who balances academics and ROTC. He is an intelligent, honest, self-motivated, leader and positive role
model. Cadet Lee possesses the character, competence and commitment of our finest Army leaders.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Jeffrey
Kordenbrock
who is a member of the Lehigh University Army ROTC “STEEL Battalion” and is studying
Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College. Cadet Kordenbrock is the top MSIII cadet at Lehigh
University’s STEEL Battalion. His performance is without flaw and the most well-rounded Scholar,
Athlete, and Leader. He delivers the very best as a NCAA D1 Athlete for Lafayette College’s Football
team, a Mechanical engineering student and cadet. He is smart, capable, and always getting results.
Cadet Kordenbrock is on track to be an Academic All American as a standout Patriot League Academic
Athletic All-Star; has successfully completed Air Assault school; and will make our prestigious
Sandhurst Team as the #1 School in 2nd BDE, US Army Cadet Command. Charismatic and insightful, his
strength lies in fierce determination setting out to conquer his goals every day. Cadet Kordenbrock will
make an outstanding officer and one day meeting his goal of being a U.S. Army Astronaut.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Brian “Jake”
Matus
who is a member of the Lehigh University Army ROTC “STEEL Battalion” and is studying
Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College. Cadet Matus is an exceptional cadet. He is extremely
charismatic, outgoing, with a warm heart, but firm hand! He is the BN Command Sergeant Major for a
growing Battalion of over 100 Cadets. Was the former Captain of the Award Winning Ranger Challenge
Team. Then as peer mentor and Assistant Coach. CDT Matus led Lehigh’s Ranger Challenge Team to
their first Sandhurst Competition berth at West Point. Over four years, he has been key to his team going
from 23rd Place to 1st Place. Was also instrumental in organizing teams to attend the Bataan Memorial
Death March at White Sands, NM. He is a peer mentor, extremely personable, community oriented,
thoughtful, articulate, and prepared to tackle the toughest challenges. Cadet Matus has been named a
Steel Battalion Distinguished Military Student. Having received his #1 component and branch of choice,
Aviation in the PAARNG. Cadet Matus will serve as a Uh-60 pilot at Fort Indiantown Gap.

2019 Scholarship Nominees Biographies

 

The M. Paul Brott Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Second Class Stephen D. Grier, USMCR, who is a member of the Navy ROTC at Villanova University and studying Mechanical Engineering. Midshipman Grieris a leader among his peers who consistently exhibits superior leadership abilities commensurate with the traditions of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Midshipman Grier finds time to mentor peers and junior midshipmen in the battalion. In addition, his dedication to service consists of volunteering with the Special Olympics as well as participation in intramural football. MIDN Grier also volunteers with the Whiskey Company drill team as well as working with the Travis Manion Foundation. He has worked tirelessly to prepare from Navy to Marine Corps option.

The Dr. Augustus D. Pistilli Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Harvey Situ who is a member of the Lehigh University Army ROTC “Steel Battalion” and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College. Cadet Situ isa standout NCAA Division I Track and Field Athlete in addition to his rigorous academic workload as a Mechanical Engineering major. He was selected to attend the Jungle Warfare School where he graduated with distinction.CDT Situ was selected for the Culture and Language Immersion Program (CULP) mission to Nepal. His mission commander described him as a natural leader and contributor to the overall success of the mission. CDT Situ has been recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate within the nation as a future Active Duty Infantry Officer.At the ROTC National Advanced Camp, he ranked in the top 5% of his platoon achieving the highest marks for military tactical acumen and leadership.

The Louis P. Morris, Sr. Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Anthony Hazboun , who is a member of Dickinson College Army ROTC and an exceptional student of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg. Cadet Hazboun has distinguished himself academically in his classwork at Penn State University-Harrisburg. He is an exemplary leader and team player. As a member of the Program’s Range Challenge Team,CDT Hazboun has displayed coaching, mentoring, and team building traits which have been instrumental to the success of the team. He was part of the Capitol College Racing’s FSAE and went to a competition in Michigan to compete against other schools across the nation in the design of a Formula car. As part of his Capstone Project Analysis he has designed a Muzzle Blast Forwarding Device. The design can potentially be marketed to the United States Military to be placed on the end of the AR-15 series sets of barrels.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award is awarded to Air Force Cadet Sidney Taggart, who is a member of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 750 at St. Joseph’s University and is studying Biology. Cadet Taggart is an outstanding academic, military student leader who has served as director of support and chief of protocol in Arnold Air Society assisting in the execution of training operations. As the Wing Public Affair Officer (PA))this semester, Cadet Taggart contributed to cadet morale by highlighting the success of Det 750 cadets. She volunteers to train cadets on various types of ROTC curriculum. She has been on the Saint Joseph University’s Deans List since her first semester. She has also received the cadet Warrior Spirit award and the Arnold Air Society Distinguished Graduate award.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Cardon Furry, who is a member of the Widener University Army ROTC “Dauntless Battalion” and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. Cadet Furry motivates and inspires her fellow classmates, she stands out as an energetic leader with all the requisite skills to be a lieutenant. She achieves superior academic grades and physical fitness scores.Cadet Furry is a Member of the Special Olympics Committee at Villanova University. She is a member of Blue Key Society and Society of Women Engineers and plays multiple intramural sports.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Mark Mumford, who is a member of the Widener University Army ROTC and is studying Chemical Engineering at Villanova University.Cadet Mumford demonstrates and exhibits the Army values every day. He has the ability to be a platoon leader and take charge of Soldiers. He is on the Club Rugby Team and he is a member of the Chemical Engineering Honor Society and belongs to the Villanova Environmental group. He studied a semester in abroad program in Rome, Italy. He is on the Villanova University Dean’s list and has received the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry ROTC award.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Jeremy Walsh, who is a member of the Dickinson College Army ROTC and is studying Mathematics. Cadet Walsh has excellent qualities as a leader, as a scholar and as an athlete. His actions, attitude and compassion for others differentiates him from his peers. He has been selected to serve on an ROTC Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program trip to Nepal and attend the US Army Airborne School. He has distinguished himself academically at Dickinson College.Cadet Walsh has earned placement on the Dean’s list. He is on the Dickinson Football team. His skills include strong technical proficiency, outstanding character and exceptional leadership capabilities.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Navy Midshipman Second Class Lucas Baltisberger, USNR who is a member of the Navy ROTC at the University of Pennsylvania and is studying Electrical Engineering at Drexel University. MIDN Baltisberger is a hardworking and driven student with aspirations to become a Submarine Officer. As a motivating and talented leader, he was selected as a Kilo Company squad leader. He displays maturity, work ethic, and endurance through his efforts and billets in the NROTC battalion. He is Calculus tutor at Drexel University.The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Army Cadet Ryan Paradise, who is a member of the Lehigh University “Steel Battalion” and is studying Mechanical Engineering. CDT Paradise is a top cadet in the entire ROTC program. As a Division I Cross Country and Track & Field star, he embodies all the attributes of scholar, athlete and leader. Cadet Paradise has the presence necessary as a cadet-leader for selection as the Cadet Battalion Commander next year.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Navy Midshipman Second Class Katherine Min, USNR, who is a member of the Navy ROTC at Villanova University studying Electrical Engineering. MIDN Min is a dynamic and inspirational leader with limitless determination and potential. MIDN Min is a superior academic performer and a leader in physical fitness including Iron Man and Marathon competition. These will serve her well in pursuing a commission as a Nuclear Officer in Submarine Warfare.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Huy Alex D Le who is a member of the Army ROTC at Drexel University and is studying Chemical Engineering. Cadet Le is a natural leader and mentor who builds and motivates teams in achieving their missions simultaneously serving with the 105 Cadet Battalion and the 103rd Brigade Engineer Battalion. His devotion to excellence and drive to succeed will be a valuable asset to the Army while growing into an exceptional leader.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Patrick Wescott, who is a member of the Red Diamond Battalion and studying Civil Engineering at Temple University. Cadet Wescott is a take charge, determined, energetic and confident leader. He possesses a dynamic ability to accurately anticipate contingency requirements producing effective plans for successful missions. His maximum effort; quick,common-sense decisions; ability under stressful situation; demonstrated leadership and vision have made an impact on the Temple’s ROTC Program.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Brandon Smith who is a member of the Drexel University Army ROTC and is studying Mechanical Engineering. He is a US Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship Cadet and simultaneously a member of the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade. Cadet Smith excels as an athletic, academic and military student, while team captain of the Varsity Baseball Team. He is a role model who leads by example improving his fellow cadets’ tactical skills and physical fitness.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Alston H Stanford who is a member of the Drexel University Army ROTC and is studying Computer Engineering. Cadet Stanford is a recipient of the Chuck Sabin Award and attended Cyber Internship with the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. He is a teaching assistant plus works 20-plus hours /week part-time job. As a most dedicated extraordinary cadet, he epitomizes leadership and the character qualities of a model citizen and Army officer.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Air Force Cadet Lucas Peterson, who is a member of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 750 at St. Joseph’s University and is studying Physics at Drexel University. Cadet Peterson shows mature levels of professionalism and leadership and expert level of skills well beyond the traditional curriculum. Excellent leader respected by his peers expanding their knowledge by always offering insightful comments. Continuous pursuit of knowledge and excellence for himself and his peers.

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2018 Scholarship Recipients

The M. Paul Brott Scholarship is awarded to Navy Midshipman Second Class James E. Treacy, USNR, who is a member of the Navy ROTC at University of Pennsylvania with aspirations of becoming a Submarine Officer.  MIDN Treacy has the highest GPA among his peers in both Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and in Naval Science.  MIDN Treacy is a motivating and talented leader displaying maturity, solid work ethic, endurance and calmness under pressure.  He is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Penn Aerospace Club and Rocketry Team and Penn Newman Center.  He volunteers with Veterans Upward Bound at Penn and St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia.  MIDN Treacy is a student model of leadership, excellence and service to his community. 

The Dr. Augustus D. Pistilli Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Carlos L. Rivera who is a member of Dickenson College Army ROTC and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg.  He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) designing, analyzing, building and testing rocketry. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) working on Formula One racing cars.  CDT Rivera has excelled in physical fitness which led to him being the fitness instructor for the Blue Mountain Battalion.  In addition, he has tutored subjects in mathematics and science at the Penn State Schuylkill Tutoring Center.  Cadet Rivera distinguishes himself with a blend of strong computational proficiency, outstanding character, physical fitness, relentless drive/determination and exceptional leadership that builds and leads teams to win.

The Louis P. Morris, Sr. Scholarship is awarded to Army Cadet Sebastian S. Shenk who is a member of Dickenson College Army ROTC and an exceptional student of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg.  Among his many accomplishments, Cadet Shenk anchors the Ranger Challenge Team, earned the USAA Warrior Spirit Award and selected for the ROTC Cultural Language and Proficiency Program (CULP), which he attended in Bulgaria. He is a member of the FSAE club building/competing stock cars annually at the Nationals in Michigan. Cadet Shenk is intelligent, technically proficient, resourceful, highly communicative and of outstanding quality.  His accomplishments speak volumes of character, leadership and drive.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Navy Midshipman Second Class Kathryn A. Salva, USNR, who is a member of the Navy ROTC at Villanova University studying Chemical Engineering.  MIDN Salva is an outstanding academic, military student leader and athlete while also participating in University and City of Philadelphia community service. She completed a Naval Service Training Command study abroad program in Rome and performed in an outstanding manner and was known as a cultural ambassador. MIDN Salva’s tenacity, professional curiosity and drive will serve her well in pursuing a commission as a Submarine Warfare Officer. 

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level I is awarded to Air Force Cadet John Godfrey, who is a member of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 750 at St. Joseph’s University and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University.  Cadet Godfrey is one of the most outstanding performers of his junior class, as well as the entire detachment.  He graduated Leadership Evaluation Development Training as a Superior Performer.  He served as Vice Wing Commander and Arnold Air Society (AAS) Director of Training for AFROTC Detachment 750 serving the Philadelphia Area.  Cadet Godfrey is a dedicated and true Wingman and Leader.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Cameron Wasser, who is a member of the Army ROTC at Temple University and is studying Information Science and Technology.  Cadet Wasser consistently ranks highly and is sought out by fellow cadets for his ROTC knowledge and leadership as well as his academics.  He graduated from the rigorous US Army Air Assault School, performed a Cultural understanding and Language Proficiency Internship in Malawi, and served as Operations Sergeant Major, the senior most position for juniors.  Cadet Wasser is a natural leader who has excelled in every challenge he has performed.

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Devin J. Mashack, who is a member of the Drexel University Army ROTC and is studying Civil Engineering.  Cadet Mashack ranks in the top 1% of Cadets in the ROTC program.  He is a natural leader that builds teams and motivates others to accomplish any mission or task.  Therefore, he is sought after by all his fellow Cadets for input and advice on how to coordinate complex tasks which enable mission success.  He is a recipient of the Gold German Armed Proficiency Badge.  He is also a member of the Task Force Dragon Color Guard, Ranger Challenge Team, Recruiting Team and Military Ball Committee.  Cadet Mashack is the most dedicated cadet in the program who selflessly provides 100% effort to ensuring cadet development.   

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Thomas P. Macri, who is a member of the Lehigh University Army ROTC and is studying Chemical Engineering.  Cadet Macri excels as an academic and military student while also participating in multiple school clubs and organizations such as the student government club.  He accomplishes missions through critical and creative thinking with a unique pace setting and democratic leadership style. He is a dedicated and hard-working cadet who sets the example to others as well as helps his team mates with a helping hand when needed. Cadet Marci begins active duty as an Engineer Officer this Spring and has a bright future as both an Army Officer, and as an engineer. 

The Philadelphia Post Scholarship Award, Level II is awarded to Army Cadet Maalik F. Kaptue, who is a member of the Drexel University Army ROTC and is studying Architectural and Civil Engineering.  Cadet Kaptue juggles many responsibilities beyond ROTC because of being in a Field Artillery unit in the PA National Guard as well as working whenever possible to help put him through school.  He is an extraordinary Cadet that epitomizes leadership and character qualities of an Army Officer.  He is always leading by example by volunteering for ROTC events and Color Guard.  Cadet Kaptue is a very dedicated cadet in the program who selflessly provides 100% effort continually to ensuring cadet and team development.   
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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

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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.