June 25, 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.

Character Scholarship from Alumni and Alumni Parents

Hargrave Family,

You know what it takes to be a Hargrave Cadet. You also know young men that would benefit from a Hargrave education.

By Order of the President of Hargrave Military Academy, all alumni and their parents are authorized to issue a $1,000 Character Scholarship to young men that would be an asset to our Academy.

If you know a young man that would benefit from Hargrave and you refer them to our Admissions Team, they will get $1,000 off of their tuition.

Reach out to friends and family and share your positive experience with the school and encourage the new prospective family to reach out to the Admissions Office.

For details please contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] or 1-800-432-2480.

Traditionally Alumni & Parent Referrals have been one of our top sources of new cadets and those hand picked cadets go on to great things.

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

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!"

Hargrave builds young men into leaders of character prepared for lifelong success.

Located in Southern Virginia, Hargrave is a college-prep boarding and day school for young men in grades seven through post graduate. It is known as a school for adventurous boys who seek challenges, need structure, earn recognition and achieve success.

New Hargrave.edu Website

Many of you have noticed that we have launched a new website. Every week we are adding more photos, videos, news and pages.

Come check out our blog, gallery, clubs, summer opportunities or just explore what Hargrave has to offer.

Sharing Hargrave blog articles and gallery photos helps us to find the right students.


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