Candidates will be evaluated on academic qualifications, leadership ability, and physical aptitude. Additionally, candidates will be asked to participate in an interview conducted by members of my academy nomination board. Interviews will take place in Spokane during mid-November.
Academic qualification for nomination to an academy is determined by your GPA, class rank, as well as SAT or ACT scores. As a general rule, the academies require a minimum composite SAT score of 1200 and a class rank in the top quarter. The higher one’s score and class rank, the greater his or her chance for a nomination.
Leadership ability is also an essential factor in evaluating a candidate’s potential success at an academy. Be sure to include with your application any material which might indicate leadership ability, such as offices held, activities, sports, employment, scouting, and other activities.
An official medical examination is required for all candidates who are found to be academically qualified. There is no cost for the examination. You will be notified later of the specific details of the examination by the academy to which you apply.
The competition for nominations is usually quite arduous. I would encourage you to apply to every nominating authority possible, including Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray. This will provide the academies with a greater selection of candidates, as well as give you a better chance of obtaining an appointment. I do ask, however, that you notify my office if you receive a nomination through another nominating authority or official.
Finally, please direct all correspondence or questions regarding the academies to my Spokane office.