A previous version of this letter to the editor had an incorrect date for a service academy forum. The Academy Forum for students and their parents to learn about military service will be Saturday, April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mission College Prep.
In response to The Tribunes recent front-page article on the poor overlooking better colleges, this one is often overlooked. West Point is open to all students aspiring to attend a top-notch university. Forbes and U.S. News and World Report consider West Point among the five top undergraduate universities in the nation, ranking among Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. We seek outstanding students who mirror the cross-section of diversified Americans serving in the Army. Appointments to all service academies are open, competitive, and seek diversity, including the poor, among those who apply.
An attractive fact to all students seeking financial help to attend a high-ranking school is that a West Point education is free, and cadets receive an annual stipend of $10,000 to cover incidentals. The payback is five years in the military service of the academy one attends.
To learn more about nominations and appointments to all five service academies, there will be an Academy Forum on Saturday, April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mission College Prep. High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the U.S. military, the Naval, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine academies.