This past week, students throughout the Fifth District kicked off the new school year, but for a select few, the school year began nearly two months ago. They’ve been hard at work training, studying, and preparing to accept roles as America’s future leaders at the United States Service Academies.

Each year I have the honor and privilege of nominating local young leaders to the United States Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies. These upstanding institutions provide students with a world-class education at no-cost and a full-time service commitment immediately following graduation.

I encourage all local students interested in future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math to apply for a nomination through my office. Click here to visit my Academy Nominations page where you will find eligibility requirements and information on each academy I can nominate students to. The deadline for completed applications for the 2016-2017 academic year is Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Best of luck to all Fifth Congressional District students in the new school year.