Frederick C. Branch 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 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.
Major Anthony Sousa
Marine Officer Instructor: (850) 599-3980
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FREDERICK C. BRANCH LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
IF YOU COMPLETED THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE NATIONAL NAVAL ROTC SCHOLARSHIP AND WERE NOT SELECTED, YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO COMPLETE A NEW APPLICATION. CALL MAJOR SPAULDING IMMEDIATELY FOR ASSISTANCE IN YOUR APPLICATION!
If you will be within driving distance to FAMU, make an appointment with the Marine Officer Instructor or the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at 850 599 3980. During the appointment, you will receive an interview with commissioned officers on the staff; run the Marine Physical Fitness Test (PFT) which consists of a timed three mile run, pull-ups for males and a flexed arm hang for females, and crunches (two minutes max effort); complete the Tattoo Screening Form; complete the OCS Statement of Understanding; the Privacy Act Statement; and complete the Drug Screening form. Bring official copies of your ACT, SAT, or AFQT scores. We will take a picture of you for submission with your scholarship application package (bring conservative business attire) that will be submitted to Marine Corps Recruiting Command to be screened. You should plan for two hours to complete this process.
If you are not in driving distance to FAMU, first print out the attached documents: the OCS Statement of Understanding.pdf, the Information sheet.docx, the Tattoo Screening Form.doc, the Privacy Act Statement, and the Drug Statement.pdf forms. Get an official copy of your high school transcripts (if you have college transcripts, get them also), and get official copies of your ACT, SAT, or AFQT scores. Next you will need to contact your local Marine Corps Recruiting Office to complete these forms and run the PFT. Please contact Major Spaulding at 850 599 3980 for assistance in setting up this appointment. After the forms are completed with the local recruiter, Major Spaulding will conduct an interview with you and submit your package.
This is what the Frederick C. Branch scholarship provides:
- Full tuition and fees to attend FAMU or one of the other 16 NROTC affiliated HBCUs*
- Stipend allowance each month:
- Be a U. S. citizen.
- Be 17 years of age by September 1st of the year starting college and less than 23 years of age on June 30th of that year. Applicants must not have reached their 27th birthday by June 30th of the year in which college graduation and commissioning are anticipated. Applicants who have prior active duty military service may be eligible for age adjustments for the amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-for-month basis, for a maximum of 36 months, provided they do not reach their 30th birthday by June 30th of the year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
- Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate (GED) by August 1st of the same year of anticipated entrance into the four-year NROTC Scholarship Program.
- Be physically qualified by Marine Corps standards.
- Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms, and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign, or domestic.
- Have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses.
- Apply for and gain admission to an approved NROTC college or university. Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated. Applying for the NROTC Scholarship is not the same as applying to an NROTC institution (the college itself). The student must research and meet all college deadlines, admissions requirements, and pay any applicable fees in accordance with each institution’s requirements.
- Achieve a qualifying score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), or the American College Test (ACT). The SAT math and critical reading scores must be from the same and most recent test. Applicants cannot combine their best math and critical reading scores from the SAT to achieve the qualifying score for application. (Marine Corps Option only).
- SAT: 1000 Combination of Math and Critical Reading Only?AFQT: 74?ACT: 22 Composite
- Students w/ more than 30 semester hours or 45-quarter hours of college credit upon application or students already enrolled in NROTC College Program are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university's NROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities
- Have no tattoos (limited waivers are available in some cases)
Florida A & M University Students may apply for a limited number of room and board scholarships at FAMU.
*The 17 NROTC affiliated HBCUs:
- Allen Univ
- Clark Atlanta Univ
- Dillard Univ
- Florida A&M Univ
- Hampton Univ
- Howard Univ
- Norfolk Univ
- Morehouse College
- Huston-Tillotson Univ
- Prairie View A&M Univ
- Savannah State Univ
- Spelman College
- Southern Univ
- Tennessee State Univ
- Texas Southern Univ
- Tuskegee Univ
- Xavier Univ