Bennet, Hickenlooper Open First Ever Joint Application Process for Coloradans Seeking U.S. Service Academy Nominations

Applications are Due on October 16, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and John Hickenlooper (D) announced that the first ever joint U.S. Senate application process for students in Colorado seeking U.S. Service Academy nominations is now open. The four service academies requiring congressional nomination include the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

This is the first time interested Colorado students will be able to use a single application process for either U.S. Senate office. Applicants will only have to submit one application, provide one set of letters of recommendation, and participate in one interview in the fall to be considered for a nomination from either of the U.S. Senators. Questions can be answered by either office.

“During my time representing Colorado in the United States Senate, one of my highest honors has been to nominate young Coloradans to attend our U.S. Service Academies,” said Bennet. “Colorado student applicants exhibit dedication to their community and country while building upon the legacy of service, character, and integrity of past generations. I hope that this new, joint nomination process with Senator Hickenlooper’s office will create a more streamlined experience for Colorado students and families. I invite all interested students to apply. ”   

“I’m proud Colorado has so many high school students who are eager to serve their country,” said Hickenlooper. “Senator Bennet and I look forward to nominating these talented young Coloradans to our nation’s service academies.”

U.S. Service Academies are federal institutions that prepare cadets and midshipmen to become officers in the U.S. Armed Forces, while concurrently earning their bachelor's degrees. 

Interested Coloradans have until October 16, 2021 to apply for a nomination to one of the following U.S. Service Academies: 

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

In addition to securing a congressional nomination, students must also apply directly to the academies. 

Those interested in applying for a nomination from Bennet and Hickenlooper must complete an online application available HERE. More information on the nomination process is available HERE.

Applicants should reach out to Bennet’s office or Hickenlooper’s office with any questions.