Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University is an American private research university founded in 1865 by businessman Asa Packer. A strong university in a variety of areas, Lehigh offers studies in an array of disciplines and boasts a strong engineering program.
In terms of population size, the institution has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 5,000 students, and its approximately 2,358 acres of campus are integrated in a city setting. Yet, despite its proximity to major cities like New York and Philadelphia, Lehigh’s main campus is situated on the wooded slope of South Mountain, and half of the campus is preserved as open space.
A selective university, Lehigh accepted 25.5% of applicants in 2016 and ranked #44 in the 2017 edition of Best National Universities.
For NCAA Division 1 Athletics, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks are members of the Patriot League, and the school’s most notable, historic athletic rivalry is with Lafayette College, located less than 20 miles away. In particular, the football game between Lehigh and Lafayette, also known as “The Rivalry,” is the most played rivalry game in American history, having been played 152 consecutive times since 1884. From a social-life standpoint, Greek Life is prominent at the university, with a third of the student body actively involved in fraternities and sororities.
Lehigh students are often characterized by their spirit, collaboration, and curiosity. One of school’s annual traditions, the “Bed Races,” allows students to construct their own bed-frame race cars, which teams proceed to race down the hill of South Mountain to glory. Teams have to design and build their own bed-frame racers, fostering a personalized inventiveness inherent in the tradition.
How to Write the Lehigh Application Essays
For the Lehigh supplemental essay, you are expected to choose 1 out of 3 essay prompts (250-300 words).
PROJECTS and PROGRAMS
The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.
VOICE OF DEMOCRACY ESSAY COMPETITION
PATRIOT'S PEN ESSAY COMPETITION
Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. The 2017-18 theme is:
America's Gift to My Generation
Want to apply? Download a copy of the Patriot's Pen information and entry form here. before submitting your entry to VFW Post 7766 PRIOR TO 31 OCTOBER 2017.
About the 2016-17 winner ...
Lindi Compton, an eighth-grade student, was named the 2016-17 Patriot's Pen first-place winner. Her essay on the theme, "The America I Believe In," won her a $5,000 award. Lindi was sponsored by VFW Post 5813 and its Auxiliary in Greensburg, Ky. Watch Lindi deliver her winning essay, read her essay or see the complete list of 2017 national winners.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The VFW annually recognizes the nation's top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics - at least half of the school day in a classroom environment - and promote America's history, traditions and institutions effectively. The VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recipients are selected from entries submitted by local VFW Posts in every state and overseas.
Download the application brochure to get more program information and to nominate a teacher before the 1 November deadline. Program brochure.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR JROTC AWARDS
One of the basic tenets of VFW is service. Junior and Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) prepare our young men and women for careers of military service. As these individuals fulfill their obligations to the nation, many will serve in harm's way and become eligible for VFW.
VFW ROTC awards give special recognition of outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership ability. These awards are available for both JROTC and NJROTC programs.
Post 7766 proudly supports NJROTC organizations at both Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos and Orange Glen High School in Escondido.
The 2016-2017 Cadets of the Year are Cadet Commander Leo Ryu of Westview High, and Cadet Antonio Miller at Orange Glen High. Congratulations to these two fine patriot students! They each received a certificate for their performance and a medal indicating their achievement.
RANCHO BERNARDO VETERANS MEMORIAL
This post is the co-sponsor of the RB Veterans Memorial in Webb Lake Park, dedicated on 4 July 1994. The other co-sponsor is the General J.P. Holland Chapter of the M.O.W.W. organization of Rancho Bernardo. Each year we participate in the three celebrations at the memorial on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Volunteers from the post, along with co-sponsor, our sponsored Boy Scout Troop 685, set up the chairs, tents, podium, and audio system. We also present the flags of the branches of military services, the Merchant Marine and the POW/MIA and act as emcees. See more about the RB Veterans Memorial here.