Thank you for your interest in serving our country! Each year I have the pleasure of nominating the best and brightest young men and women from New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District to our nation’s service academies. These academies include the Military Academy at West Point, New York, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Of particular interest is the Merchant Marine Academy, which is not as well-known as the others and about which I urge you to obtain more information on.
Applying to a military service academy is just like applying to any well regarded college, but you must also obtain a nomination from your Member of Congress. Attendance at the academies includes a free education as well as room and board. It comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the U.S. military for a minimum of 5 years upon graduation (the Merchant Marine Academy obligation is different).
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Member of Congress
Service Academy Application submission period is now open for the 2021-2022 cycle.
For your application to be accepted, it must be submitted entirely digitally, with all components saved as individual PDF documents and submitted in a single email by COB, October 18th 2021.
Your application, and all supplemental required documents should be sent as individual PDF documents via email to AcademyNominationsNJ12@gmail.com with your last name in the subject line.
This application cycle, our panel will be reviewing each candidate on a case-by-case basis. Our office will be waiving standardized SAT and ACT scores as a packet requirement this year. You may still submit your score, but you will not be penalized if you are unable to. Please provide a written letter of explanation as early as possible in the event that current circumstances prevent you from obtaining any required documents by the October 18th deadline (This also applies to students who are taking their SAT/ACTs at a delayed date and will receive scores on or after October 18th).
In order to be considered for a nomination by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, each applicant must submit the following:
1. Letter of Interest detailing why they would like to attend a Service Academy
2. Application Form (found on the Congresswoman’s website) (includes a photo, essays and a signed certification form)
3. Recommendation from a Guidance Counselor
4. At least 2 recommendations from someone not related to the applicant
5. Most Recent Transcript
6. ACT or SAT scores (optional)
Note: For students whose Spring and Fall Athletics or Extracurriculars were cancelled due to COVID, please list all sports or clubs you would have participated in on your resume.
Please save all components of your application as PDF files, titled “LastName ApplicationComponent” (ex: Smith Resume.pdf, Smith Transcript.pdf)
Each applicant for a nomination must also have submitted an application to the Service Academy for which they are seeking a nomination.
This application is solely the responsibility of the person applying, and as such, we expect to hear exclusively from the applicant. If students need to call during school hours, we suggest that they visit their guidance counselor’s office for assistance.
After submitting an application to my office, the applicant must immediately file a pre-candidate application with the academy/academies of your choice if they have not already done so. Applicant must reside within New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District- if you are unsure as to what district you reside in please visit house.gov
For questions regarding your application or required materials, please email my Service Academy Coordinator Dilara Boztepe at: Dilara.Boztepe@mail.house.gov.