MARYVILLE – U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) is accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.
High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2015 admission.
“As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what’s next,” Shimkus said. “As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assistance with nominations to the military academies.”
To be eligible for appointment, you must be a U.S. citizen; at least 17 and not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2015; unmarried; not pregnant; have no dependents; and a legal resident of the 15th Congressional District of Illinois. Average acceptable ACT scores are 24 in English/reading and 25 in math.
Applications are accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.
Those seeking more information or who are interested in applying for any or all of the academies should write or call for an application packet from Congressman John Shimkus, 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062; (618)288-7190.
Completed applications must be received by Nov. 5. Shimkus nominates to the academies; however, academy officials actually make the final selection regarding admission. Those accepted into an academy will be notified early next year.
“I encourage young men and women with any level of interest to contact us now,” Shimkus said. “There are several steps in this process, and applications must be filed with both my office and online with the individual academies.”