Sen. Smith has the honor and privilege to recommend some of Minnesota’s most brilliant and skilled individuals to attend the United States Service Academies. These academies allow young people to serve our country while receiving a full four-year scholarship from some of our finest institutions of higher learning. Upon acceptance of an appointment into an Academy, a student commits to five years of service after graduation or work in the Maritime Industry, if they attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The Nomination Process
To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated from an authorized person including a member of the United States Senate or the United States House of Representatives.
Each member of Congress is allowed just five individuals enrolled in a particular Academy at any given time. Sen. Smith will nominate ten individuals per open slot at each Academy. Each Academy then appoints the nominees who fulfill their admission requirements.
Sen. Smith highly recommends that you apply to all nominating sources and academies available to you as a candidate. This includes: The Office of the Vice President, Senator Klobuchar’s office, Sen. Smith’s office, and your U.S. Representative’s office. This allows you the greatest chance of receiving a nomination, as our Minnesota Delegation works together to ensure that as many bright Minnesotans have the opportunity to be appointed to one of the academies.
Timeline for Senator Smith’s Application Process
Eligibility for Nominations
Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy:
To apply for a nomination, send your completed application and the other materials listed above to Senator Tina Smith, Attn. Nominations Coordinator, 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55107 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. On June 1, 2018, Sen. Smith will be accepting applications for the academy classes entering in the summer of 2019 and graduating in 2023. Please note that students are required to begin the application process with the academies themselves before being considered for a nomination to that academy.
The final step of the Congressional Nomination process is an in-person interview at or near the St. Paul office. All interviews will be conducted on a Saturday in November in conjunction with Senator Klobuchar’s office. Our offices academy nominations coordinators will coordinate the timing of the interviews to allow at least one hour between your interviews.
All applicants who complete their applications by the deadline will be invited for an interview; service academy alumni and/or official Senate staff will interview the candidates. Sen. Smith and her selection committee will make final selections and notify nominees in late-January to mid-February 2016.
Applicants will be subjected to a “whole-person” approach during their interview session. Applicants are expected to speak fluently about their character, scholarship, motivation, physical fitness, extra-curricular activity, and leadership abilities.
If you have any questions about the academy nominations process, please do not hesitate to call the St. Paul office at (651) 221-1016 and ask to speak to the academy nominations coordinator.
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