Bustos to accept applications for nominations to U.S. armed services academies

Staff Report

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has announced she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in fall 2015.

“Our military academies provide our nation’s young people with not only a first-class education, but the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our country,” Bustos said. “I strongly encourage all Illinois students interested in pursuing higher education at one of the service academies to submit their application packets to my office. I look forward to reviewing all the applications and nominating qualified students across our region for this high honor.”

Students interested in applying should visit Bustos’ website to learn more about the process and download an application. The website features specific instructions about the accompanying forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation. Since these materials take time to compile, interested students are encouraged to start obtaining the materials needed for the packet as soon as possible.

The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet to Bustos’ office is Friday, Nov. 7.

Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating up to 10 qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

For more information, answers to frequently asked questions, as well as an application packet, visit http://bustos.house.gov/helping-you/military-academy-nominations.

Contact Bustos’ Rock Island office at (309) 786-3406 with any further questions about the application process.

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