2021 Scholarship Application


The requirements for applying are as follows:


1. Applicants must complete the scholarship application in full
2. Applicants must complete the physical fitness test in full
3. Applicants must have attained at least a 77% grade point percentage or higher. Please attach high school transcripts to your application.
4. Applicants must include two letters of recommendation with at least one letter from a school related adult. Letters of recommendation can be written by one of the following adults: School Administrator, Teacher, Varsity Coach, Guidance Counselor, community leader, Priest, Minister or Rabbi.
5. All applications must be completed in full by May 1st, 2021.
6. The winner must be planning to attend an accredited college, university or trade school or enlist in the military.
7. The winner cannot be related to a Board Member of the Crusaders in America.
8. This $1,500 Scholarship is for graduating senior students from Central Valley High School.
Applicants can print out the two documents attached below. Please mail in all required information to: Crusaders in America, 131 Biskup Lane, Monaca, PA 15061before May 1st, 2021.
If you have any questions, please email
Good Luck!

Our Winner's


Aldo Anthony Legge,Central Valley High School,

Class of 2014.

Recipient of the Michael R. Perich, Crusaders in America Scholarship. Aldo is a member of the National Honor Society, a three sport athlete, and football team captain. His teammates regard him as the “ultimate team player and leader.”  He has been recognized numerous times for his prowess on the football field in addition to his academic achievements.  Aldo finds time in his busy schedule to volunteer for community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Vietnam Veterans, and St. Francis Cabrini parish’s food bank, just to name a few.  In a letter of recommendation for Aldo his high school principal refers to him as a “genuine officer and gentleman.” The Crusaders wish Aldo all the best as he studies Environmental Engineering at Juniata College, Huntingdon PA and participates on the Eagles football team!


Mr. Luke Lysher, Stafford High School, Falmouth, Virginia class of 2014.


Luke has demonstrated qualities that embody the spirit of our organization; a young man that truly leads by example and lives a life full of loyalty to God, his family, friends, and nation.  Crusaders in America is pleased and honored to award Luke the Michael R. Perich Scholarship. 
Luke’s physical fitness test scores are outstanding: he runs 1.5 miles in 8.24 minutes and can perform 108 sit-ups in 2 minutes.  He is an All District, All Region and All State champion in Cross Country and Track.  Luke maintained a 3.85 GPA with a rigorous academic schedule and volunteered at a number of community service events, including: serving dinners to the elderly, working at St. Mary’s parish in Fredericksburg, VA and at Catholic work camp in North Carolina.  In a letter of recommendation, retired Marine LtCol John Allison, described Luke by saying “Luke understands the true importance of service, duty and honor.”
Luke has accepted an Army ROTC scholarship and will be attending the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington VA.  While at VMI Luke plans to follow in his brother’s (Jacob) footsteps, run for the Keydets and study engineering.  Luke will serve his country as a commissioned officer in the United States Army upon graduation in 2018.


Mitchell Andrew Madonna, Class of 2014
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg PA

Recipient of the Michael R. Perich, Crusaders in America Scholarship. By designing and developing “Sports Nutrition and Supplementation Club” a physical fitness program at Bishop Carroll Catholic, Mitchell exhibited his commitment to health and wellness. Mitchell’s essay indicates that he aspires to become a professional body builder.  He has been a leader on the Huskies basketball team where he served as team captain for three years, he lettered four years. His basketball coach tells in a letter of recommendation that Mitch is committed to hard work and is “a selfless athlete who puts his teammates and team success first.”  Mitch has by passed study hall in his senior year to take advanced Science and Math classes. He has managed to balance athletics and academics with volunteering many hours to the parochial basketball leagues, the elderly in home maintenance and church maintenance.
Mitchell has plans to study nutritional science, biochemistry and chemistry at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona PA. His career aspirations include working as a nutritional scientist in the health and fitness industry.