Senator Hickenlooper is honored to nominate a select few of Colorado’s best and brightest students to serve our country by attending one of our four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The men and women who attend our service academies receive a top-notch education while preparing for careers in military service and beyond. To be considered, each student must receive an official nomination from either a U.S. Senator or a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Our office is working together with Senator Bennet’s office to nominate students to service academies.
The Fall 2023 Academy Nomination interview applications are now open. The application will close October 2, 2023 at 11:59pm MT.
For more information on the application process, nomination timeline, and other helpful instructions, please review this presentation from the service academies and congressional delegation.
Please contact our Academy Nominations Coordinator Nannette Byrne-Haupt for more information:
Phone: 719-632-6706 | Email: Senators_AcademyNoms@bennet.senate.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
Do applicants need to apply to the Service Academies in addition to their members of Congress?
What commitments come with attending a Service Academy?
What are the eligibility requirements for a congressional nomination?
- An American citizen;
- A legal resident of Colorado (or a dependent of military members who are Colorado residents);
- Not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents;
- And at least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year you would enter an academy (25 years old for USMMA).
If an applicant is actively serving in the United States Military, is he or she still eligible to apply for a service academy nomination?
What materials are required to apply?
• ACT and/or SAT scores
• Personal letter to Senator Bennet noting your reasons for seeking a nomination to an Academy
Who should write the three letters of recommendation?
Your letters of recommendation MUST have signatures of the recommender, not their typed name. Please have your writer put the recommendation on the letterhead of their organization. Note: There may be some individuals, such as retired teachers or coaches, who are sending letters on personal letterhead. That is fine.
Our application includes a place to provide the name and relationship of each of your letter writers. If you receive more than three letters, only upload your top three to your online application. We will only consider three letters.
What do you look for in an application?
- Diverse leadership qualities
- Competitive ACT and/or SAT scores
- Efforts at self-improvement
- Commitment to community and country
What happens after the application is submitted?
After you submit your application, if selected, you will be notified by Senator Bennet’s or Senator Hickenlooper’s office for an interview. Interviews are scheduled and completed by mid-December.
Applicants are notified of a nomination by early January.
Is the application process for Academies and congressional offices identical?
What is Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper’s joint nominations process?
Does applying to both United States Senators and members in the House of Representatives enhance an applicant’s chance of receiving a nomination?
Are members of Congress the only nominating sources?
- President Biden, who nominates children of career military personnel, deceased or disabled veterans, military, or civilian personnel in missing status, or Medal of Honor recipients;
- Vice President Harris, who nominates five individuals to each academy from across the United States per year;
- The Secretaries of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, who nominate members of regular military, reserve components, and participants in the ROTC.