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Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Four Year Scholarship Marine Option Program. FREE TUITION!. NROTC Mission. To educate and train highly qualified young men and women for careers as commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps. The Benefits.

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nrotc mission
NROTC Mission

To educate and train highly qualified

young men and women for careers

as commissioned officers in the

United States Marine Corps.

the benefits
The Benefits
  • Pays full tuition, lab fees, books, and uniforms!
  • Provides leadership opportunities
  • Structured academic environment
  • $250.00-$450.00 per month stipend (freshman-senior years, increasing ~$50 per year)
  • Some universities will help with room and board
  • Up to $180,000!!!
eligibility requirements
Eligibility Requirements
  • U. S. Citizen
  • 17-23 years of age
  • Be physically qualified by USMC standards
  • No moral disqualifications
eligibility requirements continued
Eligibility Requirements (Continued)
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Minimum of 1000 SAT (critical reading and math combined) or 22 ACT (composite), or a minimum of 74 on the Armed Services Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB).
  • Be admitted to a participating NROTC college or university
  • Have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses
participating schools
Participating Schools
  • 70 + colleges and universities
  • 100+ “cross-town affiliate” schools (attend your preferred school that does not have NROTC, so long as you are accepted to, and attend, an NROTC program at a nearby college).
  • Schools in over 34 states and the District of Columbia
  • All schools are highly ranked
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Participating Schools
  • Large and well known

- UC Berkeley - Stanford

- U of San Diego - UC Davis


- Florida State - Virginia Tech

- USC - Pennsylvania

- Notre Dame - Oregon St

- Texas - Florida

- Harvard - Colorado

- Washington - Cornell

- Penn State - Duke

  • Upon graduation you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the USMC
  • You will be required to fulfill four years of active duty service in the USMC upon graduation.
  • Flight training guarantees require additional active duty obligated time
obligation continued
Obligation (continued)

Q: What if I am disenrolled OR I decide I no longer want to be in the program?

A: After the first day of your sophomore year, you will be required to serve a two year active duty enlisted tour or pay recoupment of all tuition dollars. Should you terminate before your first day of your sophomore year, there is NO reimbursement obligation in either service time or dollars.

summer training
Summer Training
  • First summer, “Cortramid” (Core Training for Midshipmen)
    • At conclusion of Freshman year, designed to help individual confirm in their mind what Service they want, Navy or Marine Corps option.
    • Broad-scoped view of Navy and Marines
      • Time on submarines (including underway)
      • Time on ships (including time underway)
      • Marine/Navy aviation (includes aircraft rides)
      • Time at Marines’ Camp Pendleton
        • Weapons live-fire training
        • Urban warfare (mock takedown of combat town)
        • Road marches (day and night)
        • Small-unit tactics, patrols, ambushes, etc
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Summer Training
  • Second summer, Marine-specific training
    • “MCMWTC” – Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Ca.
      • Mountain survival skills and field craft
      • Small-unit tactics and movement through mountainous terrain between 6k and 12k feet elev.
      • Demonstration of learned skills through tactical leadership situations
    • “CAX” – Combined Arms Exercise, Twentynine Palms, California
      • Desert environment
      • Integration of air and artillery assets in support of ground ops; convoy ops, etc
    • Jump school
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Summer Training
  • Third summer, “OCS,” Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia
    • Academics 25%, Physical training 25%, Leadership 50%
    • Academics: Weapons, Military Subjects, Tactics, Compass Course, Drill, Land navigation, Leadership, History
    • Physical training: Physical Fitness Test, Combat Readiness Test, Obstacle Course, Endurance Course
    • Leadership: Leadership Readiness Course, Small-Unit Leadership Evaluations, Command Evaluation
    • Successful completion of six-week OCS course qualifies candidate for commission upon college graduation.
officers candidate school
Officers Candidate School
  • Six Weeks at Quantico, VA
  • Candidate Evaluations
    • Leadership Abilities
  • Challenging Program
    • Physically And Mentally
how to apply
How To Apply
  • Go to and complete the online application. Once fully complete, ensure you click “submit.”
  • Take the SAT or ACT, requesting that one of the three agencies to receive your scores be “Marine NROTC, Code 0656”
  • Apply to any of the eligible NROTC colleges or universities. To look at which schools offer NROTC programs go to
how to apply continued
How To Apply (Continued)
  • Complete the Application Package
    • Transcripts
    • Three teacher evaluations (Counselor, English and Coach/Other)
    • Two Marine officer interviews
    • Physical Fitness Test results
    • SAT/ACT/ASVAB scores
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How To Apply (Continued)
  • Physical Fitness Test
    • Maximum score:
      • Pull-Ups 20 100pts
      • Crunches 100 (in 2 min) 100pts
      • 3 Mile Run 18:00 100pts
    • Average score for applicants is 259 out of 300
selection boards
Selection Boards

Two Marine Option NROTC Boards:

  • Early Board – held Mid November
  • Regular Board – held Mid February
selection criteria
Selection Criteria
  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • Class Standing
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Student Government/Leadership
  • Community service/employment
  • Two Marine officer interview results
  • Three teacher evaluations’ comments
  • Two essay questions
fy12 average winner stats
FY12 Average Winner Stats
  • Recruiting Station San Diego
    • 14 scholarships awarded = 2.52 million dollars
    • GPA: 3.87
    • PFT: 259
    • SAT: 1300
    • ACT: 29
united states marine corps

Who is Frederick C. Branch?

The Scholarship

Frederick C. Branch was the first African American Marine Corps Officer. In May 1943, while attending Temple University, Branch received a draft notice from the Army but was selected to be a Marine. He then went on to complete basic training at Montford Point, NC. While serving in the Pacific, his conduct earned


  • Full tuition to one of the listed HBCUs
  • Supplemented college/university fees
  • Stipend allowance each month:

Freshman: $250

Sophomore: $300

Junior: $350

Senior: $400


Are you:

  • At least 17 years of age?
  • A high School graduate or equivalent?
  • Accepted to one of the 17 HBCU’s listed?
  • Interested in funding for your education?
  • Willing to accept the challenge and earn the title Marine Officer?

him the recommendation of his commanding officer to attend Officer Candidate School. Frederick C. Branch was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on November 10, 1945.

Contact information:

Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship

Major Frank Moore, USMC

Diversity Officer

Marine Corps Recruiting Command


In his honor:

The Marine Corps offers 4 year, 3 year and 2 year NROTC scholarships for students attending or planning to attend the following HBCUs:

Allen Univ

Clark Atlanta Univ

Dillard Univ

Florida A&M Univ

Hampton Univ

Howard Univ

Norfolk Univ

Morehouse College


Prairie View A&M Univ

Savannah State Univ

Spellman College

Southern Univ

Tennessee State Univ

Texas Southern Univ

Tuskegee Univ

Xavier Univ


Gunnery Sergeant

Nguyen, Khanh

(858) 349-9155

More information can be found at: