Sorensen: military academy nomination deadline nears    

High school students seeking nominations for one of the U.S. Service Academies have until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to apply, U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen (D-Illinois) announced. 

Interested students from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District have until 5 p.m., Oct. 31, to fill out this form to receive a nomination from the congressman for the fall 2024 term. 

“As the proud representative of many talented young people in Central and Northwestern Illinois, it is my honor to nominate select high school students to our nation’s military academies,” Mr. Sorensen said in a news release. “Those who attend these exceptional institutions bring honor to themselves, their community, and their country, and I’m happy to play a role in supporting their ambitions.” 

He will nominate up to 10 qualified high school students from the district for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  

To learn more about applying, visit the congressman’s website, which includes specific instructions on the forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores and letters of recommendation. The materials take time to compile, so interested students are encouraged to start collecting their information as soon as possible. 

For more information, answers to frequently asked questions and an application packet, please visit  Students with questions should not hesitate to reach out to one of Sorensen’s district offices for information. 


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