Base resident accepted to West Point

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – A base resident and Bedford High School graduating senior has been accepted to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this fall.

Farrah Scott reports July 1 for a six-week program focused on physical training, military discipline, and basic soldiering skills.

“I’m excited and proud to join such a prestigious institution and follow in the footsteps of so many great leaders,” she said.

Scott was inspired to pursue military service by her upbringing.

“My dad has been in the Army for 36 years and just retired as a lieutenant colonel,” said Scott, who has lived at Hanscom AFB for three years.

She is also interested in the military’s humanitarian mission.

“The military helps people in need around the world,” she said. “As an environmental scientist [major], I’m particularly interested in ensuring clean water for soldiers and civilians.”

The acceptance rate at West Point is approximately 10 percent, which involves rigorous academic standards, physical fitness requirements, and securing nominations from members of Congress or other sources.

“I received nominations from U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and a vice presidential nomination,” said Scott, while also receiving a presidential nomination because of her father’s military service.

Throughout her four years at Bedford High School, she maintained all As and was an accomplished student-athlete.

Following her junior year, Scott attended the Summer Leaders Experience at West Point.  

“SLE was a great opportunity to experience the environment at West Point,” she said. “After attending, I underwent a series of interviews, medical exams, and the candidate fitness assessment.”

She credits her involvement in extracurricular activities as having a role in her acceptance.

“I’ve been running track since I was young and I’m the captain of the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams,” she said. “I’m also involved in junior ROTC as a cadet officer, which provided leadership experience and volunteer opportunities.”

Preparing for the physical demands of West Point was another crucial aspect of her journey. 

“Running track helped a lot with the physical requirements,” said Scott. “I’ve also been going to the gym regularly to lift weights and build strength.”

She credits her mother as her biggest influence.

“My mom has been incredibly supportive,” Scott said. “She’s helped me prepare and has always encouraged me to pursue my goals.”

Looking ahead, Scott said she’s excited about the opportunities at West Point.

“I’m looking forward to the education and leadership training,” she said. “It’s going to be challenging, but I know it will prepare me well for my future as a second lieutenant in the Army.”

Scott offers this advice to students considering applying to a military academy.  

“Work hard throughout high school,” she said. “Start preparing early, attend information sessions, and make connections with academy representatives.”

Her mother, Tanya, expressed her thoughts on her daughter’s achievements.

“I’m thrilled for Farrah. She’s worked incredibly hard, and I know she’ll do great things at West Point.”

At West Point, the soon-to-be cadet will participate in the West Point Rabble Rouser dance team.

Scott will graduate from Bedford High School June 6 at the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts.