With the start of the 2012-13 school year, Randolph-Macon Academy welcomed its first two Falcon Foundation Scholars.
In the late spring of 2011, Randolph-Macon was notified that it had been selected as one of only eight Falcon Foundation Prep Schools in the United States, and could begin accepting students for the fall of 2012. Each year, the Falcon Foundation works with approximately 100 postgraduate students who desire to attend the Air Force Academy. These high school graduates have the potential to be successful in an Air Force Academy education and desire an Air Force career, but need an additional year of college-prep academics to successfully compete for an Air Force Academy appointment. The Falcon Foundation provides the students financial assistance to attend one of the designated schools.
There were five Falcon Foundation member schools prior to this year: Marion Military Institute of Marion, AL; New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell, NM; Northwestern Preparatory School of Crestline, CA; Valley Forge Military Academy of Valley Forge, PA; and Wentworth Military Academy of Lexington, MO. R-MA was selected to join the organization, along with Greystone Preparatory School at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX and Kent School in Kent, CT, based on its academic track record of preparing students for college and the fact that its graduates have successfully obtained appointments to the U.S. service academies—in particular the Air Force Academy--over the years.
With the enrollment of George Bealls of Englewood, CO, and Carissa Vaccaro of Stafford, VA, the Falcon Foundation Scholar program at Randolph-Macon Academy has a good start, according to R-MA President Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF retired. “These are two stellar cadets,” he said. “We are very pleased to have them join us for this school year.”
Bealls and Vaccaro arrived at the Academy on August 16th, when the students registered for the ten-day Summer Leadership School, which is a training program for the students who will provide leadership to cadets of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) throughout the year. While the rest of the students attending the camp were returning students, Bealls and Vaccaro were admitted based on their track records of strong leadership skills and their interest in attending the Air Force Academy. They were each granted the rank of cadet second lieutenant and assigned the position of squadron adjutant, a position created specifically for Falcon Foundation Scholars, in which they can continue to develop their leadership skills.
Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC),
which is currently recognized as a Distinguished Unit. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.