The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) is pleased to announce 31 High Schools have earned the designation PNGAS Guard Friendly High School. The designation and standards were developed by the PNGAS Education Advisory Council to amplify high school best practices for recruiting, information-sharing, and group-formation in high schools for their support of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
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The PNGAS Education Action Council is chaired by Brigadier General George Schwartz (Ret.). Through his leadership, volunteers from some of the state’s leading colleges and universities voluntarily review applications, guidelines, best practices, and improvement criteria.
For many years, the Education Assistance Program (“EAP”) has been the number #1 recruiting tool for the Pennsylvania National Guard. Since its inception, Pennsylvania has distributed more than $300 million through the EAP so Guard members can get college, university, and trade school degrees. The EAP provides a tuition benefit equivalent to the yearly tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) so that members of the Pennsylvania National Guard can attend one of 488 Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved schools. Presently, the EAP is an almost $32,000 tuition benefit for each Guard member.
With the July 2019 enactment of the Military Family Education Program (MFEP), there is a now a non-lapsing fund providing EAP-like tuition benefits to spouses and children of members of the Pennsylvania National Guard when a Guard member re-enlists for an additional 6-year term. Like the EAP, the MFEP is an almost $32,000 tuition benefit for spouses and/or children of a Guard member that reenlists for an additional 6-year term.
As state and national emergencies and global warfare become increasingly sophisticated, technology-driven, and complex; having a well-trained, and educated Guard force is more strategic and valuable than ever.
“We are very confident the designation, PNGAS Guard-Friendly High School, will produce immediate and long-term benefits and synergies for students, faculty, alumni, Guard-members, veterans, their spouses, families, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and its economy,” added Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS and Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation. “We’re grateful so many high schools are responding to the best practices we are amplifying.”
High Schools earning the designation “PNGAS Guard-Friendly High School” as of December 15, 2020:
- Big Spring High School
- Bucktail High School
- Carbondale Area Jr-Sr HS
- Central MontCo Technical High School
- Central Mountain High School
- Commonwealth Charter Academy Charter School
- Conestoga Valley High School
- Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School
- Frankford High School
- Governor Mifflin High School
- Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
- Halifax Area High School
- Harry S Truman High School
- Indiana County Technology Center
- Lake-Lehman High School
- Lebanon High School
- Martin Luther King High School
- Morrisville High School
- Norristown Area High School
- Owen J. Roberts High School
- Parkland High School
- Riverside High School
- Phoenixville Area High School
- Radnor High School
- Red Lion Area Senior High School
- Spring Grove Area High School
- Steelton Highspire High School
- The Philadelphia Military Academy
- Valley Forge Military Academy
- West Mifflin Area High School
- West Scranton High School