Ohioans can apply to service academies

Published 9:55 am Thursday, February 14, 2019

10 students to be nominated for each branch of military

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are encouraging Ohioans interested in 2020 admission to U.S. Military Service Academies to apply to each senator’s office for a congressional nomination.

“Ohio’s students have the integrity, courage, and knowledge needed to enroll in our nation’s prestigious military academies and I am honored to nominate students for this high honor,” Brown said. “These academies develop the next generation of leaders who will serve our country as military officers and national leaders.”

“As a United States Senator, it is an honor and privilege every year to nominate a number of Ohio’s top young achievers for entry into one of our nation’s service academies,” Portman said in a news release. “Our nation has never had to look further than the Buckeye State to find those individuals who exhibit the sterling qualities of leadership, daring, and the sense of adventure needed to turn their biggest dreams into reality, and to rise to any occasion.”

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Each year, Brown and Portman nominate up to 10 students for each service academy: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements should send a completed application packet to Brown’s Cleveland office and Portman’s Columbus office by Sept. 20.

For more information or to request an application, please contact to Brown’s academy coordinator at 1-888-896-6446 or visit Brown’s website.

Brown and Portman will co-host 17 United States Service Academy Seminars throughout the state for all students who are interested in learning about the application processes.

In southern Ohio, a seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. The event will take place in the Morris University Center, Room 214, with an Academy Open House from 5:30-6 p.m. and a presentation from 6-8 p.m.