HAGERSTOWN, MD – St. Maria Goretti High School announced today that one graduating senior earned a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship. Senior Sean Cooper earned an ROTC scholarship to Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
This senior was selected for the full-tuition scholarships based solely on the following merit criteria: 1) academics (grades, test scores, and honors and AP classes); 2) physical fitness tests and participation in varsity team sports; and 3) involvement including leadership through student government and local organizations.
Cooper holds a 3.25 GPA, is treasurer of the Varsity Club, member of the Rotary Club and Yearbook, team leader for the Varsity Swimming, Lacrosse, Cross Country, and Track and Field teams, and participant in the Catholic Heart Work Camp summer mission trip. He completed a total of 135.5 community service hours during his time at Goretti through various outreaches, including four years as an altar server. Cooper is a three-year participant in Footlocker’s Northeast Regionals Race in New York. In addition, he worked for four years as a lifeguard and in 2016 was selected as a delegate to Maryland Boys State.
During the school’s Senior Farewell Mass on May 18, Dr. Joseph Hasper (pictured above), a retired Army major, and the Enrollment Manager at Shippensburg University, presented Cooper with his award. Only 2,000 scholarship winners are chosen out of 10,000 applicants nationwide in the rigorous ROTC selection process. ROTC recipients must complete an eight-year service commitment following graduation from their bachelor degree programs.