Each year the Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awards the Society of the War of 1812 medal to worthy recipients taking part in the ROTC and NROTC programs at colleges and universities through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Clarion University, Drexel University, Gannon University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Saint Joseph’s University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Scranton, Valley Forge Junior College, Villanova University, Widener University, and Wilkes University.
If your school has an ROTC/NROTC program and is not included in the list above, please contact us.
The procedure for applying for War of 1812 medals has been updated and is now a two stage process.
To apply, first reach out to General Society of the War of 1812 Vice President General, Military Awards, William Edward Sekel at [email protected]. Inform Mr. Sekel of the recipient’s name and confirm that he meets the requirements for the War of 1812 Award of Merit and Medal. Mr. Sekel will then send an award certificate and a ribbon bar that can be worn on the student’s uniform. The Award is approved by all Service Departments.
Next, please reach out to the Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at [email protected] and provide the same information. We will confirm the mailing address information that we have on file with you and then send the medal to you. If you would like to have a member of the Society present the medal at a graduation or awards ceremony, we will be happy to try to arrange this.
The criteria for the War of 1812 Award of Merit can be reviewed at the General Society’s website: www.gswar1812.org/ROTC
Should you have any further questions, please reach out to the Pennsylvania Society via email at [email protected]