Gordon Encourages Cannon Students To Apply To U.S. Service Academies
Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:44 pm
Congressman Bart Gordon is accepting applications from Cannon County students for nomination to the United States service academies through December 1.
“Attending a service academy and then joining our armed forces is one of the most admirable ways to serve our great country,” said Congressman Gordon. “I learned this lesson from my grandfather, father and uncle, and I followed in their footsteps by volunteering for the Army Reserves. I encourage all students to consider this path.”
High school seniors interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; or, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, must receive a nomination from their member of Congress. The nomination places the student in a nationwide pool of applicants from which the academy may select to fill its class.
To be eligible, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 17 and 23. While at the academy, the student will receive a free education, room and board, and a monthly stipend. Upon graduation from the academy, a five-year military committee is required. Admission to a service academy is valued as a $300,000 scholarship.
“Each year, I have the opportunity to nominate outstanding young men and women from Middle Tennessee to attend these distinguished service academies. The competition is tough, but I encourage anyone who is interested to apply,” explained Gordon.
Eligible Cannon County students can contact Gordon’s Murfreesboro office at 615-896-1986 for more information or download an application through his website at www.bart.house.gov/services. Applications must be received by Dec. 1 and should be mailed to: Congressman Bart Gordon, P.O. Box 1986, Murfreesboro, TN 37133.