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Corps of Cadets and Staff Earn Presidential Unit Award from RADM J. Scott Burhoe

RADM J. Scott Burhoe addresses the Middle School Battalion during today's presentation ceremony of the Presidential Unit Award.

In an historic first at Fork Union Military Academy, a Presidential Unit Award was presented to the entire Corps of Cadets, and staff and faculty of the Academy today. This award is a special unit award given at the discretion of the President of Fork Union Military Academy.

In the words of Academy President, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, "this has been the hardest and maybe the longest winter I've ever endured." He made his remarks at a ceremony in Wicker Chapel in which the awards were formally presented to the Corps.

"Fork Union is challenging enough, but to layer on this winter made it even more challenging. This winter should have taught you the same lesson it taught me: It's not the situation or circumstances around you that defines you, it is what you do with them and how you act during them. Do you give up when things get hard? Or do you let it make you stronger?

"This winter, I watched cadets, faculty, staff, and administrators get stronger from the challenge. I saw determination, and tenacity.

"In the armed forces, when units go through a particluarly challenging period and excel, they earn unit awards. These awards signify successful work as a team. So today, I am awarding each cadet, and every member of the faculty and staff the first ever Presidential Unit Award from the President of Fork Union Military Academy. It will be worn over the right pocket by cadets and uniformed staff, and non-uniformed staff may wear it as well. It unites us in our mission here."

RADM J. Scott Burhoe then read the Citation accompanying the Presidential Unit Award as displayed below:

A copy of the Citation is being emailed to parents in the hope that they will print this document and frame it for prominent display as a reminder of their son's character demonstrated during the winter of 2013-2014.


Presidential Unit Award Citation, suitable for framing by parents357.13 KB

Information for Parents

Parents Association 2013-2014

Beth Doucette is the Parents Association Chairperson for the remainder of the year.  She can be reached by phone at (717) 630-2793 or through email at

Laura Luniewski, Associate Director of Development Operations, is the FUMA contact for the Parents Association, and she can be reached at (434) 842-4370 or

Joining the Parents Association

You can sign up for the Parents Association by filling out the Parents Association Form and returning it along with your $50 membership fee to the Development Office via mail.

BGAV Scholarship Grants Available

There are funds available for students from cooperating churches of the Baptist General Association of Virginia who need aid in financing their education at Fork Union Military Academy for the upcoming academic year.  The awards are open for application now and range up to $1,000 per student per year.  These funds are grants from Virginia Baptists and do not have to be repaid.  The BGAV uses the following criteria to evaluate each applicant: financial need, Christian service, community service, character, and demonstrated leadership. 

Applications on behalf of Fork Union Military Academy cadets have been well-received in the past, and we hope that a number of our cadet families will apply for 2013-2014.  The online application process for Academy Scholarships is available at

If you need assistance or information, please contact Alicia Parker at the BGAV at 1-800-255-2428, ext. 6225.  Scholarship opportunities are also available for Virginia Baptist cadets who are graduating from Fork Union Military Academy and will be attending college next year.  Please check deadlines and criteria for all Virginia Baptist scholarships online at

All completed applications must be received or postmarked by the deadline in order to be considered for an award.  The deadline for BGAV Achievement Scholarships for BGAV Academies (for students attending Fork Union) is October 1, 2013.  The deadline for BGAV Achievement Scholarships or BGAV Ministerial Educations (for college-bound students) is April 1, 2014.