PHS Student Earns Scholarship to The Citadel

A student from Pawling High School has earned an impressive accolade and will be continuing her education next year at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. PHS Senior Laura Kuhlmann was awarded a full athletic scholarship and will continue her career by playing on the school’s volleyball team.

When embarking on her college search, Laura Kuhlmann considered a number of institutions but ultimately chose The Citadel to further her education. “After visiting The Citadel, Laura came to realize how impressive the school is and how dedicated the cadets are,” explains her father, Jason. “She was able to spend time with current volleyball players there and felt very comfortable with them and loved their energy and enthusiasm.”

Located in Charleston, SC, The Citadel boasts an enrollment of roughly 2,300 students who compose the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Undergraduates at the school partake in a mix of academics, physical challenges, and military disciplines. An additional 1,000 students attend the school’s Graduate College. Of the students attending, only about 9% are women. “The education that Laura will receive there and the connections that she will make will be irreplaceable,” explains Jason Kuhlmann. “A woman graduating from The Citadel is a big deal,” adds her mother, Jennifer.

Laura Kuhlmann has been a standout throughout her volleyball career at Pawling High School and was a member of the team that advanced to the state finals during her sophomore year. That season, she was also one of three Pawling players named to the All State Team. Laura has also been a member of one of the premiere club volleyball teams on the East Coast. She credits her coaches, Rob Crispi, Maria Anderson, and Julia Anderson with helping to elevate her athletic performance.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Laura has excelled academically during her time at Pawling High School. She is ranked #9 in this year’s graduating class, and she has won academic awards in physics, pre-calculus, and French, as well as the Sage College Scholarship for Physics. She is also a member of the French National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.

As Laura Kuhlmann prepares to leave Pawling behind to pursue the next chapter of her education, her family and friends are excited to watch her tackle this new challenge. “We are very proud of Laura’s hard work and accomplishments through the years, she has earned everything she has achieved,” says her father, Jason. “The motto of The Citadel is ‘Honor, Duty, and Respect,’ and that is Laura in a nutshell.”