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USAFA Preparatory School Recommendation

CadetInvest applications are now closed. 
Check back in March for Award Announcements.

If you want to attend the Air Force Academy, don't miss this special opportunity available only to CAP cadets!

Each year HQ CAP submits recommendations to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) for one cadet to attend the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School. It's common for the Academy to admit several CAP cadets annually through this program, not just the promised one. The Prep School is a one-year program that greatly increases a student's potential for admission to the Academy. It is a fantastic opportunity for cadets who might not otherwise qualify for appointment to the Academy.

Application Procedures

Step 1: USAFA Application

Applicants must first apply directly to the Air Force Academy via by  31 December of their senior year. USAFA Admissions will forward further timeline instructions once the applicant's initial questionnaire is reviewed.

Step 2: Civil Air Patrol Application

Apply for CadetInvest in accordance with the directions on the scholarship application procedures page.  Select "USAFA Prep" on the application.

Eligibility Requirements for CAP's Endorsement 

1.  Be a current CAP cadet and have earned the Billy Mitchell Award.

2.  Meet all of the requirements for a CAP cadet Academic Scholarship. 

Applications receiving a CAP recommendation will be forwarded to USAFA. Academy officials make the final selection(s) and announce them in the Spring, usually in April. Only one (1) cadet receiving the recommendation will be awarded placement at the USAFA Prep School provided there is space available, and they meet Prep School academic standards.


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