WARWICK, RI – On Saturday, April 30, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will host a U.S. Military Service Academy Day for high school students from schools across the state. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick.
This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents who are interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States Service Academies. However, the program is specifically geared for students currently enrolled in their junior year of high school.
“Attending West Point was a tremendous honor and it’s also an honor to nominate outstanding young Rhode Islanders for admission to our nation’s service academies. Academy Day helps inform interested Rhode Island students about the opportunities available and familiarizes them with the application and nomination process,” said Reed, who was nominated for an appointment to the United States Military Academy by Senator John O. Pastore and graduated from West Point in 1971. Reed serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“Our nation's service academies allow students to obtain a great education while serving our country,” said Whitehouse. “It’s my honor each year to host Service Academy Day with Senator Reed to provide Rhode Island students with a chance to learn more about these exceptional institutions. I encourage all interested students and their families to attend.”
Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard academies, along with ROTC spokesmen from Providence College and the University of Rhode Island, will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information about their respective programs. In addition, Senators Reed and Whitehouse will discuss procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination from each of their respective offices.
Students wishing to attend service academies must meet high academic and physical standards. Applicants must be legal Rhode Island residents and United States citizens, at least 17 years of age, with no children or other legal dependents. Students attending the service academies are on active duty starting the day they enter an academy.
For those interested in attending a Service Academy starting in the 2017-2018 academic year, the application deadline for a nomination is Thursday, October 15, 2016.
WHO: U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse; Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard academies; ROTC spokesmen from Providence College and the University of Rhode Island
WHAT: United States Service Academy Day for high school students to learn how to apply for a nomination to attend one of the five U.S. service academies.
WHEN: Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
WHERE: The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Knight Campus
400 East Avenue
Bobby Hackett Theatre
For more information on Senator Reed's academy nominations, please click here.