Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Sep 12, 2014
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) calls the young men and women from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District to participate in the start of the United States service academy nomination process. This year’s opportunity is open to all high school students and will close on October 31, 2014.

“Once again, I am honored to have the privilege nominating strong, extraordinary young men and women from Middle and Southwest Georgia to our nation’s service academies.” said Congressman Bishop. “This opportunity provides motivated students not only a chance to receive a fully-funded education from one of our nation's top universities, but to also serve America as an officer in our Armed Forces.”

Though the nomination process is competitive, top tier students from the Second Congressional District have been able to receive appointments to each of the service academies in the past. Each applicant’s process begins by sending one personal letter to Congressman Bishop specifying interest in joining the academy nomination process as well as specific interest in each academy: The U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Eligible candidates for a Congressional nomination must be United States citizens, reside in the Georgia’s Second Congressional District, and be between the ages of 17 and 22 in the year admitted. It is beneficial to begin the application process in the junior year of high school. All individuals may also pursue service academy nominations through their Senator’s office. Active duty military and the National Guard can pursue nomination through their direct Commanding Officer, and individuals with parents serving on active military can also pursue a nomination through the White House.

To request an application packet and apply, candidates should contact Toni Pickel in the Albany office at 229-439-8067 or by email at In order for applications to be reviewed and processed in a timely manner, applications must be submitted to the district office by October 31, 2014 of the student's senior year. For more information, please click here.