For the third time in four years, a Missouri Military Academy cadet will begin classes at a United States service academy this fall. In 2013, Eoghan Matthews ’13 of St. Louis has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
The announcement came after Matthews received recommendations from Missouri representative Lacy Clay and Missouri senator Roy Blunt. Matthews is scheduled to report to the academy in July.
“I remember the first conversation I had about West Point with my family,” Matthews said.
He recalls that his family initially balked at the idea, but after a few years of research and working toward his goal, his family came around. Matthews says he has had West Point on his mind since 2009, and hasn’t given up since. With a 4.4 GPA and notice of his appointment, the next stage of packing and planning begins.
Matthews says he may take his first year to experience the Academy before settling in on a specific focus of study.
“I want to take a look around at all the Academy and the Army has to offer,” he said. “I know I’m interested in being an infantryman, but there could be other opportunities for me.”
It is a very difficult and arduous process to apply and subsequently be accepted to any service academy. A lengthy application, letters of recommendation from representatives, and an outstanding GPA are just some of the requirements to be fulfilled.
Matthews joins Luis Gonzalez ’10, Jared Roberts ’12, and Landon Smalley ’12 as MMA alumni to be appointed to service academies. Gonzalez and Smalley are currently studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Roberts is rehabilitating from a knee injury.
Matthews is the first MMA cadet to report to West Point since Devin Lang in 2009.