WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has nominated 41 students from across the state of Alabama, including two from Houston County, to attend United States service academies. Service academies include the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Laurence McGrane Dowd of Dothan, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Donna and John Dowd, and a student at Dothan City School. Rachel Marilyn Hilarides of Dothan, Alabama, received a nomination to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of Elly and Robert Hilarides and a student at Providence Christian School.
“I am proud to nominate these remarkable students to the United States service academies,” said Senator Shelby. “Laurence Dowd and Rachel Hilarides are among the best and brightest in Alabama as evidenced by their performance both inside and outside the classroom. I am confident that they will go on to accomplish great things. It is my honor to recommend them, and I wish them success in their future endeavors.”
In order to be considered for a service academy nomination, applicants must be residents of Alabama and complete the required ACT or SAT exams. They must also provide letters of recommendation, a school transcript, a completed medical examination, and a completed application form found on Senator Shelby’s website.
Although Senator Shelby nominated these students, the academy to which they received a nomination will make the final admission decision.