Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Randolph-Macon Academy has been selected as one of only eight Falcon Foundation Prep Schools in the United States.
Each year, the Falcon Foundation works with approximately 100 postgraduate students who desire to attend the Air Force Academy, providing financial assistance to attend one of the designated schools. 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.
There were five Falcon Foundation member schools up until this point: 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 Kerrvile, 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.
R-MA will begin accepting Falcon Foundation students in the Fall of 2012. For the first year, R-MA President Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF Ret., expects strong interest given the Academy’s reputation for excellence.
“Given our rigorous college-prep program and Air Force JROTC affiliation, we are a natural fit for this program,” he said. “I would expect the first year that we would start off small, with maybe five or six students, and that once those students experience success, we will gain more into the program.”
More information about the Falcon Foundation can be found at www.falconfoundation.org.
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 with Merit. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.