Pasadena, CA – Every year, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) nominates students from the 29th Congressional district for appointment to one of the five United States service academies, four of which require a Congressional nomination. With these appointments, students are provided a free college education at a nationally-recognized academic institution, while preparing for an officer's commission in our nation's armed forces.
"Students that are appointed to a service academy compile outstanding resumes of accomplishment, demonstrating excellence in both academics and extracurricular activities," said Schiff. "It has been an honor to nominate students from our community in past years who are not only dedicated students, but are now serving our country honorably in our nation's armed services. Each year, I nominate highly-qualified students to these academies and I encourage students to apply for these prestigious appointments."
Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition. All Members of Congress are able to nominate qualified high school students for admission to one of the four service academies. In order to be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated by an authorized person, including Members of the House of Representatives, Members of the United States Senate or the Vice President's office.
An applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy: He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, and must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
The deadline for students interested in applying for nomination to a Service Academy for the Class of 2017 is October 26, 2012. For additional information, call Schiff's Pasadena office at 626-304-2727 or visit his website for an application.