FORK UNION, VA — Nick Coleman, a rising eighth grader at Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia, has been named the winner of the 2021-2022 Board of Trustees Scholarship at the historic Fork Union Military Academy, the prestigious college preparatory boarding school for boys located in central Virginia.
Nick is the son of Brian and Jennifer Coleman and resides in Woodbridge, Virginia, where his father is a publishing specialist for the US Government Publishing Office and his mother is a teacher at St. Matthew’s Day School in Woodbridge.
A straight-A student who aspires to attend college at the US Naval Academy to study aerospace engineering, Nick’s resume of academic and athletic accomplishments shows him to be the type of student who will be a credit to the Corps of Cadets at Fork Union Military Academy and continue the legacy of excellence demonstrated by past recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarship.
Nick has played seven years of baseball, along with soccer and swimming, while also participating in Boy Scouts, drama, chorus and plays the cello.
Fork Union Military Academy received dozens of applications in recent months from high-quality candidates all around the nation for this single coveted scholarship award.
The Board of Trustees Scholarship provides full tuition, room and board, and uniforms for a rising eighth, ninth or 10th-graders until their graduation from Fork Union, provided they maintain required academic and conduct standards.
The Scholarship Committee reviewed these applications and narrowed the candidates to a list of three semi-finalists, each of whom were conducted through Zoom with the selection committee for individual interviews in April.
Competition for this year’s scholarship was especially close, with many well-qualified candidates. School officials say they are hopeful that they will be able to provide sufficient financial aid and access scholarship support to help enroll several of the other high-performing students who sought this highly competitive scholarship.
Fork Union Military Academy is a private boarding and day school for boys in grades 7 through 12, with a one-year postgraduate program as well.
Structured as an independent military-style environment, the school uses the best aspects of the military system to teach young men responsibility, self-discipline, leadership, respect for themselves and others, and the value of setting and achieving high standards.