Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Apr 16, 2015
Press Release

MACON, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is strongly encouraging the young men and women from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District to seek nominations to the United States service academies, which can provide an all-expense paid college education along with leadership training for military service to the nation. Nominations are available for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The deadline for submission of the nomination forms for 2016 high school graduates is October 30, 2015.

“It is a privilege and an honor to nominate exceptional young men and women to United States service academies,” said Congressman Bishop. “I highly encourage the bright and motivated students from Middle and Southwest Georgia to pursue this life-changing opportunity of distinction, education, and inspiration through future service to their community and their nation.”

Though the nomination process is competitive, top tier students from the Middle and Southwest Georgia have been able to receive fully-funded appointments to each of the military service academies. In the past year, William Butler from Fort Benning and Skyler Dexter from Upatoi received an appointment to West Point Academy; and Matthew Carter from Macon received an appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy.

Each applicant’s process begins by sending one personal letter to Congressman Bishop indicating his or her interest in joining the academy nomination process and to which academy he or she wishes to join. 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 on the year admitted.

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 30 of the student's senior year.

For more information and to download the nomination application forms, please click here.