Students urged to apply for service academies

By: Staff report

CHARLOTTE –Applications are being taken for appointments to West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger has announced.

Each year, Pittenger, whose District 9 includes Scotland, nominates 40 outstanding local students for the prestigious appointments .

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.

“Each year, dozens of local students compete for the opportunity to commit the next 9 years in service to our country. Helping these students realize that dream is one of the best parts of my job,” Pittenger said. “Because of their commitment, we put extra effort into the Service Academy process, and generally receive more than our fair share of appointments.”

High school seniors from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District are encouraged to apply for a nomination. Information packets have been sent to all local high schools, but students must contact Pittenger’s office directly at 704-362-1060 to request an application.

All qualified applicants who submit their completed packets by the deadline will be scheduled for interviews with Congressman Pittenger’s Academy Selection committee. There are 10 nominations to each of the following Service Academies available exclusively for students in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District:

— U.S. Military Academy at West Point

— U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis

— U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs)

— U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

For questions or information, contact Congressman Pittenger’s Charlotte office at 704-362-1060.

Staff report