Friday, Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) reminded high school students that the deadline to apply for nominations to the U.S. Service Academies is November 8. Roby also reminded constituents that Veterans Day is the same weekend on November 11.
“It’s hard November will be here before we know it, and with it comes Veterans Day,” Rep. Roby said. “This is a uniquely special holiday, and as it approaches, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the endless sacrifices made by those who have worn the uniform.”
“It is a tremendous honor to serve the Second District, which is home to two of our nation’s finest military installations, thousands of active duty and reserve personnel, and a large veteran population,” Roby continued. “Working on behalf of our servicemembers and veterans has always been a top priority of mine in Congress, and it continues to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job. With Veterans Day on the horizon, I am personally reminded of the great debt of gratitude we owe the men and women of our military.”
“As this important holiday nears, I believe now is an appropriate time to remind high school seniors in the Second District that the deadline to apply for nomination to the United States service academies through my office is less than one month away on November 8th at 5:00 p.m. Central Time,” Roby said. “If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing this fantastic opportunity, please remember to submit all necessary materials to my Montgomery office by the deadline.”
“As a member of Congress, one of my distinct privileges each year is to nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five service academies: The United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy,” Roby said. “The fifth service academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. I can nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant slot allotted to the Second District. If you are pursuing entry to one of our nation’s distinguished service academies and endeavor to serve our country, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude and wish you the very best. It is because of our veterans, active duty personnel, and young leaders with hearts for serving this nation that we enjoy our uniquely American freedoms.”
Contact Roby’s office for more information about how to apply.
The average cost to attend Auburn University (the most popular in state school) is $31,284 per year. The total four year cost is over $120,000. The cost to attend Samford University (a private university) is $44,986 per year, $180,000 for four years.
The U.S. Air Force Academy estimates that the education there is valued at more than $416,000. West Point students receive a stellar education and training for free in addition to a stipend of about $10,000 a year. The U.S. Naval Academy has a 91 percent graduation rate versus just 71.1 percent at Auburn.
Martha Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. She is not running again for another term.