Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy Graduate recognized by National Guard Youth Foundation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) congratulates Mr. Joseph Lockhart, a graduate of the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy in Harlan, Ky. for being selected as the November Cadet of the Month. Mr. Lockhart will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from BAE Systems, generous supporters of NGYF and the ChalleNGe Program.

“At the National Guard Youth Foundation, we are proud to support outstanding graduates of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy and help them as they take their next steps in life through scholarships, internships and job opportunities,” said Louis A. Cabrera, President of the National Guard Youth Foundation.

“Mr. Lockhart was selected as the recipient of our November Cadet of the Month scholarship because his character and determination stood out among the thousands of cadets who’ve graduated from the 35 ChalleNGe sites over the past year. We are very proud of Mr. Lockhart and wish him the best of luck as he continues his path of success.”

Read Mr. Lockhart’s ChalleNGe story here:

Like a lot of teenagers, I grew tired of school and quit attending. I wasn’t really a bad or troubled kid. I have good parents who work and I have a nice home life; I just got behind in school and gave up.

The ChalleNGe academy offered a small classroom environment where they could work with cadets one-on-one and give extra help. When we had trouble with certain areas they provided help, including tutoring during the evenings after class.

During ChalleNGe, they scheduled a visit to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC). During the tour, we viewed the different vocations offered, got a chance to visit with and question SKCTC staff, took the COMPASS test and applied for financial aid. This experience was a tremendous boost in helping me decide what career I wanted to pursue and had I not gone on the visit I may have never thought about attending college.

The Kentucky National Guard Youth ChalleNGe academies are currently recruiting for a January 12, 2014 deadline.

To find out more about the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Knox call 1-877-599-6884 or email dorothy.m.heffelfinger.nfg@mail.mil

To find out more about the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy in Harlan call 1-855-596-4927 or email melinda.f.dillman.nfg@mail.mil

 

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