Shimkus accepting applicants for military academies

MARYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.

Those eligible for appointment must be a U.S. citizen; at least 17 and not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2014; unmarried; not pregnant; have no dependents; and a legal resident of Shimkus' 15th Congressional District of Illinois.

High school seniors, college students and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2014 admission, said Shimkus, whose district includes much of Champaign County outside of Champaign-Urbana, part of Ford County, and all of Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles and Moultrie counties.

Average acceptable ACT scores are 24 in English/reading and 25 in math.

Applications are accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

"As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what's next. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assistance with nominations to the military academies," said the congressman.

For more information write Shimkus' office at 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062, or call (618) 288-7190. Completed applications must be received by Nov. 5. Those accepted into an academy will be notified in early 2014.

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