U.S. Representative Sam Graves, R-Mo., issued a call for talented students who are interested in being nominated to a United States service academy. To apply, visit http://graves.house.gov/academy-nominations/  .

Graves is accepting applications for the following academies: United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Each applicant must be a legal resident of the Sixth Congressional District. Students must be at least 17 years of age and no more than 23 as of July 1, 2015. Interviews will be held this November and nominees will be announced in Jan. 2015. All application materials are due to Congressman Graves’ office by Oct. 17, 2014.