Missouri Military Academy is proud to announce that senior Styles Fountain has received two nominations to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, New York.
“I received these nominations from Senator Roy Blunt, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler,” Fountain said. “I also got a lot of help from my college counselor, Ayanna Shivers, and my foster mom Kate Becker. Even with their help, it was still quite a bit of work.”
Unlike the three Department of Defense service academies (West Point, Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy), the USMMA only accepts nominations from U.S. Senators or U.S. Representatives from an applicant’s state. Candidates for the USMMA must receive a nomination to be considered for acceptance.
Fountain said that after submitting several essays and a questionnaire, all he could do was wait.
“There was so much anticipation,” he said. “I was really excited when I found out I got the nominations.”
A self-described “small town boy,” Fountain said that the USMMA in Kings Point was the perfect fit.
“I knew I wanted to do something in the marine world,” he said. “The USMMA lets you choose what branch you want to go into, and right now that is looking like the Navy.”
The USMMA offers students several majors to choose from, with Maritime Logistics and Security coming first on his list, Fountain said.
“I will also be required to get my U.S. Coast Guard third mate license,” he said. “I think that by going into the Navy, I will have a good opportunity to see the world, experience new ports, and serve my country.”
Fountain said that while he is excited about the nominations, he still has a long road ahead of him. He will still need to complete a medical exam, take the SAT, and submit letters of recommendation. Even then, Fountain’s spot is not guaranteed. Only a few spots are available each year, and each is highly competitive.
“This is just the first turn in a long road to being accepted,” he said.
Fountain entered MMA in 2015 as the first Stribling Scholar, the recipient of the Mexico Community Scholarship established that year to help local students benefit from an MMA education.