Two recent graduates from Goretti’s Class of 2016 have earned Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships. Senior Patrick Sacchet earned an ROTC scholarship to Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and senior Justin Semler earned an ROTC scholarship to Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
The two seniors were 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.
Sacchet holds a 3.5 GPA, is the senior class president, a member of the school’s Honor Committee, team leader for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and participated in the Catholic Heart Work Camp summer mission trip the past three years. He completed a total of 203 community service hours during his time at Goretti. Semler holds a 3.25 GPA, is the student government association executive office treasurer, captain of the boys lacrosse team for his senior year, a Gael Ambassador, a Kairos retreat leader, and he also attended the Catholic Heart Work Camp summer mission trip for the past three years. Semler completed a total of 348.5 community service hours.
During the school’s Senior Farewell Mass this past May, Dr. Joseph Hasper, a retired Army major, and the Enrollment Manager at Shippensburg University, spoke about the accomplishments of Sacchet and Semler on being recipients of the ROTC scholarships. Dr. Hasper explained the rigorous ROTC selection process, noting that only 2,000 students nationwide are selected for scholarships out of the 10,000 applicants. Both Sacchet and Semler conducted the interview phase of the application process at the ROTC office at Shippensburg University.
ROTC recipients must complete an eight year service commitment following graduation from their bachelors programs.