Carper Accepting Student Applications for U.S. Service Academy Nominations

WILMINGTON, Del. – Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is accepting applications for United States service academy nominations from Delaware students. Sen. Carper encourages those interested in attending U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or U.S. Military Academy to apply for a nomination through his office.  

“Our nation’s first-rate service academies offer students a unique opportunity to obtain an excellent education, serve their country and gain valuable leadership skills that will guide them in their future,” said Sen. Carper.  

To be considered for a congressional nomination, students must meet all of the general requirements of their academy of choice and submit an online application, along with supporting documents, to Sen. Carper’s office by Oct. 15, 2011. Students can access the online application by visiting Sen. Carper’s Web site at  


  • Citizenship: U.S. citizenship, or having obtained it by graduation
  • Residency: Delaware residents only 
  • Congressional nomination: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Military Academy 
  • Age: at least 17, but not older than 23 by July 1 of entering year 
  • Marital Status: unmarried, not pregnant, no legal obligation to support children 
  • Academics: must complete SAT-I or ACT examinations 
  • Physical: must meet academy physical requirements and medical examination 
  • Morals: must be of strong moral character    

For more information regarding the application process, please contact Lori James, Kent County Director, at (302) 674-3308 or