Peoria, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that he is accepting applications from students who wish to seek a nomination to one of our nation's service academies for the Class of 2027. 

LaHood can nominate students to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), U.S. Military Academy (USMA), U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). LaHood will also host a Service Academy Day informational event for interested students, parents, and school officials with Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) in Springfield on Saturday, June 18th.

“I am honored to nominate outstanding individuals from the 18th District to be considered to attend our great service academies each year,” said Rep. LaHood. "I encourage interested students to reach out to our office or attend our event to get the process started.”

Service academies offer fully-funded four-year scholarships to young U.S. citizens with a desire to serve their country, who qualify by age and academics, who demonstrate desirable leadership qualities, and who have the wherewithal to strive for excellence in all their endeavors.

Application Information:
To receive an application or for more information about the nomination process visit and submit your information or call Mike Gilmore, in Rep. LaHood's Peoria Office at (309)-671-7027.

Event Information:
WHAT: Service Academy Day hosted by Offices of U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13)
WHEN: Saturday, June 18th, 10:00am-12:00pm, doors open at 9:30am
WHERE: Springfield Air National Guard, 183d Wing, 3101 J. David Jones Parkway, Springfield, IL
WHO: Students, parents, school counselors are invited to join congressional staff and representatives from the service academies
RSVP: Registration is required by June 15th to enter the Air National Guard facility. E-mail or call (309) 671-7027 to register.