June 14, 2019


Upcoming Events

June 29 - July 27 - Summer Camp and School

July 20 - Admissions Open House

August 9 - OCS/NCO Matriculation

August 16 - Football and Soccer Matriculation

August 24 - New Cadet Matriculation

August 26 - Returning Cadets Matriculation

August 29 - Convocation

September 7 - Founders Day

110th Commencement Address

Rob Bartenstein '87 shares some life experiences and gives timely advice to our Senior Class.

Top 10 Improvements over Summer

1 - New Deputy Commandant - Retired Marine LtCol Greg Chester will take over barracks life and support the TAC's. He and his wife have eight kids and three of them will be starting at Hargrave. LtCol Morris will remain the Commandant and assume the Assistant Head of School role.

2 - Suppie Passes - Cadets will have the ability to earn the privilege of going to town for meals once a week.

3 - Barracks Renovations - Barracks 100-200 (Sanford-Bowman Hall) are being renovated to house cadets for the summer and next school year. These updated rooms have central heat and air conditioning.

4 - STEM - New electives for aerodynamics and drone piloting. New STEM Department Chair with years of boarding school experience and a vast array of teaching experience across science and math.

5 - New Faces - New Head Football Coach (see below article) & New Alpha Company TAC.

6 - Uniforms - Not only are we switching to Digicam uniform instead of the ACU's, but Cadets will be able to purchase khaki shorts as an additional uniform item to wear with the Black & Khaki uniform during warm weather.

7 - Life Skills - Incorporating Life Skills into our Res-life Program (military-time) to teach Cadets some basics like how to change a tire, write a thank you note, etiquette & how to treat young ladies.

8 - Weekend Activities - Coach Stumpo remains as our LAX coach and will also become the Activities Director.

9 - Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Starting a FCA chapter on campus, LTC Broomell will sponsor. Cadets will also have the opportunity to attend a local church on Sunday mornings.

10 - Getting off Campus - Every third week will consistently be an Open Weekend (no more long stretch in the winter!). Companies will also be getting off campus on closed weekends for company level team building and fun.

Ten is just not enough to show off all the Hargrave Improvements. Here are two bonus initiatives:

11 - More Deliberate College Counseling and Assessments - Engage with freshmen to start preparing for college, vocational interest assessments, planned trips to local colleges, tracking college interests from day-one at Hargrave, "Lunch and Learn" with professionals to explain what their profession is and what to do to get there.

12 - Leadership, Academics & Merit Scholarships - Offering scholarships for Cadets to compete for during the school year to offset tuition the following year.

Parent Referral Incentive Program

Do you know a student who would be perfect for Hargrave?

Hargrave offers a tuition discount of $1,000 for each new enrolled boarding student that a current family refers ($500 for each new enrolled day student), provided the referring family stays in good standing with the school.

For second semester boarding enrollees, there will be a $500 tuition discount; for second semester day student enrollees there will be a $250 discount.


1. Reach out to friends and family that have a child who meets Hargrave's standards and would be a positive contributor to the Corps.

2. Share your positive experience with the school and encourage the new prospective family to reach out to the Admissions Office.

3. If the new prospective family chooses to apply, there will be a section on the application regarding a family referral- this section must be filled out to include your name in order to receive credit.

4. If the new family elects to enroll their son and they remain in good standing, the tuition discount will be applied to your final payment of the current school year!

Former College Coach to Lead Hargrave Football

Coach Jeff Schaum takes over as new Head Coach.

Hargrave is excited to add several key people to the team this summer. The first is our new Head Football Coach, Jeff Schaum.

While playing college football at Colgate University and Florida State, Coach Schaum studied geography and dreamed of working for the FBI or CIA doing satellite imagery work. While working on his master's degree, he furthered his goals by working for the State Geographer.

One day, he went out for a run, but by the time he had returned, he was an assistant coach of a high school team. He has never looked back.

"Athletics teaches a lot of things. It teaches willpower, attention, confidence, self control, clear thinking under pressure and leadership. As a coach, I work to develop character and integrity in my players, and unlike other schools, this is something that Hargrave already does all over the campus."

Coach Schaum brings decades of experience at both the high school and college levels. At Florida State, he coached under the legendary Bobby Bowden. At Warner University, he started the football program. In Florida, he lead several high school teams to the state playoffs.

He is known for developing players' football skills while also helping them grow into good men. "What you get out of life is what you put in it."

Asked about goals for the school year, Coach Schaum said that he wants to work on building a team. "The most important part of being a team is being a family. I care about each of my players like I care about my own kids. I am excited to coach and I am excited to just sit and eat lunch with the Cadets."

Comparing the game of football to the game of life, Coach Schaum says, "they have to learn how to work with others, they have to learn how to help others, they have to learn how to stand up when others depend on them."

Coach Schaum and his wife are moving to our beautiful little town of Chatham next week. They have two grown children. Their son played college football at Auburn University and earned a degree in finance there.

He is looking forward to working with the Cadets at Hargrave and being a part of the Hargrave Family. "Hargrave has a great team, and I am fired up to be a part of it!"

Presidents End of the Year Thoughts

Dear Hargrave family,

As the school year has come to a close, I wanted to provide a summary of highlights. I want to first congratulate our Class of 2019 graduates and post graduates!! They finished strong and reaped the rewards of their efforts. Here are a few statistics:

- Out of the 42 graduates and post graduates, all were accepted to a college or university
- 126 acceptances to 92 unique colleges or universities
- 41% of the class were offered a financial incentive with a median incentive of $22,000 per year
- As a class, they earned a total of $5.4 million in scholarships
- 2 are attending the United States Naval Academy adding to our 75 alumni who previously attended a Service Academy
- 9 were Honor Graduates
- 22 graduated with advanced studies diplomas earning college credit
- 16 have signed National Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level
- 3 earned Eagle Scout distinction

Quite an impressive list of accomplishments!! We wish them further success as their life's journey unfolds.

Hargrave's athletic program continued to improve through all sport seasons. The cadets supported each other by attending many games and cheering each other on. Here are a few of the highlights:

- Our grapplers from Tiger Wrestling were the conference champions
- Postgraduate Basketball finished in the top 5 national ranking and made a National Elite 8 tournament appearance
- Varsity Basketball competed in their 3rd straight State Elite 8 appearance
- Swimming narrowly missed 1st place but finished in 2nd in the conference
- Rifle team produced the number one shooter in the State: Chandler Wilkie

Other individual accolades included:

- 19 Individual All-Conference Selections
- 12 Iron Tigers (Varsity Letter in 3 sports in one year)
- 5 Weight Class/Individual Event Conference Champions
- 3 Individual All-State Selections

Spiritual Growth- The year saw our cadets grow in faith. Our personal devotion time started out as a new opportunity for cadets to take time at the end of the day and reflect. Most cadets took this opportunity to heart and grew spiritually. One senior took the initiative and led a weekly cadet devotion where cadets sang, fellowshipped and had prayer together. During Spiritual Emphasis Week, we had cadet-led small group discussions after the chapel messages. Cadets opened up about their lives and perspectives were shared allowing cadets to understand that many of them face similar challenges. It was truly a bonding time.

Community Relations- This year saw our Cadets thrive in giving back to the community. They volunteered hundreds of hours at pet shelters, nursing homes, food banks and other charitable organizations. We are proud of how they represented Hargrave and themselves. They learned the value of citizenship and service by supporting others.

Guest Speakers- This year we invested in numerous guest speakers to come and provide inspiring messages to our Corps of Cadets. It was kicked off in September by a visit from the Honorable Sloan D. Gibson (HMA '71). He spoke of the impact a Hargrave education and experience can have on a cadet's development and life success. We followed with nearly monthly visits from Hargrave alumni and others who reinforced how Hargrave can position them for greater success in life. The cadets listened intently and these encouraging messages made an impact.

Hargrave continues to remain true to its founding core values and instill them into the cadets. We are building leaders of character prepared for lifelong success on a rock solid foundation. A sound mind in a sound body is more than a motto, it's the objective we seek as we develop cadets. Hargrave will continue to graduate men who will go on to lead their communities, families and churches. We are blessed to have many faithful and supportive alumni who keep this noble and true pursuit available to many. Thank you all for your continued support.

We are excited about what next year will bring. We will send out additional information next month about some positive changes that will take place and update you on our renovation efforts. Until then, may God continue to bless you and the entire Hargrave family.

Michael Brown
Hargrave Military Academy

Summer @ Hargrave

Join us this summer for Leadership Challenge, High Adventure, Academic Enrichment Courses, Sports Camps and Repeat / Recovery Courses.

Weekly Gallery

Baccalaureate Service

Mothers Day


VIC Track Championship

Signing Ceremony

Mothers Day


Presidents Cup

Underclass Awards

Senior Banquet

VIC Track Championship

Mothers Day

Underclass Awards

Camden Rifles