WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced she will host two U.S. Service Academy Open Houses for Iowa students interested in applying to, or learning more about service academies. Academy representatives from the nation’s five service academies will be available to answer questions on the application and nomination process.

Each student applying to a service academy must receive a nomination. In her capacity as a United States Senator, Senator Ernst has the opportunity to nominate Iowa students to the service academies.

“U.S. Service Academy Open Houses give Iowa students the opportunity to learn more about serving our country while also receiving a full four-year scholarship from some of our nation’s finest institutions of higher learning,” said Senator Ernst. “Students will have the chance to talk with academy representatives and learn more about the process. I encourage our students who may be interested to join us on June 24th or August 11th to hear more about these opportunities.”

These events are open to the public. Details are as follows:


Saturday, June 24, 2017

2:30 PM CT – 4:30 PM CT

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Beems Auditorium

450 5th Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA


Friday, August 11, 2017

2:00 PM CT – 4:00 PM CT

Camp Dodge

Freedom Center

7105 NW 70th Ave

Johnston, IA



U.S. Senator Joni Ernst

U.S. Air Force Academy Representative

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Representative

U.S. Military Academy Representative

U.S. Naval Academy Representative

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Representative


Members of the public interested in attending should RSVP to Brenda Safranski at Brenda_Safranski@ernst.senate.gov. Students who are unable to attend the event can learn more about the academy nomination process or apply by clicking here.

If you are a credentialed member of the media and plan to attend these events, please RSVP to press@ernst.senate.gov. At the end of each event, Senator Ernst will have a few minutes to speak with press.