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COL David L. Coggins, USMC - June 2021

Date Posted:  Thursday, June 3, 2021




Greetings from a quiet campus, 

I am proud to report that your Academy met and overcame the challenges brought on this year by COVID-19. 

We increased enrollment, this year’s Corps of Cadets had higher GPAs and SAT scores than in previous years, and continued our tradition of 100% college acceptance for our graduating seniors. The Class of 2021 included young men who will be attending US Service Academies and Ivy League schools, joining ROTC programs, and playing all levels of collegiate athletics.  They also earned over $4.4 million in merit-based scholarships. 

The Retan Rifles returned, our Band grew, and our Middle School Drill Team was selected as the finest in the nation by the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). 

Our athletic teams completed a full year of competition with some of our teams getting two chances to play as some traditional fall sports also played a spring schedule. 

All of this was accomplished with no leaves, no on-campus visitation, and until the very last weeks of the school year, no day passes.  The 2020/2021 Corps of Cadets will be remembered as one of the toughest, most resilient groups in our history. 

Going forward we believe that the educational and developmental opportunities offered a young man at Fork Union Military Academy are more valuable than ever before, and we remain committed to our mission of educating, developing, and inspiring young men in this Christian, military environment. 

Your support is vital to our mission.  Your personal testimonies to the parents of prospective cadets is our most valuable marketing tool.  Share the story of your FUMA success, and continue to direct friends and family to our website

The generous financial support of our alumni is key to our future.  The Academy operates with an annual budget where cadet tuition and fees covers approximately 50% of our expenses, the rest comes from donations.  Gifts to our endowment provide us long-term financial strength, donations to Access Scholarships allow us to bring outstanding young men to FUMA, and capital support allows us to keep up to date the facilities that are needed to operate the school at the expected high level.  Our Advancement department is ready to help you work on the method and timing of gift that works best for you as an individual. 

The Academy will celebrate its 125th Anniversary year during the 2023 school year.  Mrs. Kate Goad will serve as Director for this event, and she is looking for volunteers to serve on the Planning Committee.  Reach out to her at if you are interested. 

It has been a great year, and we are grateful for the prayers and words of support you sent our way.  We will look forward to seeing you soon.  God loves you, and so do I.  


COL David L. Coggins, USMC