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Frederick C. Branch Scholarship

                 Florida A&M University Naval ROTC              

U.S. Marine Corps Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship


History of the Scholarship Program

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.


About the Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship

In memory of Frederick C. Branch, this scholarship provides a mechanism to recruit applicants for the NROTC Marine Option Program through unit-based scholarships, which are to be awarded to outstanding applicants to attend one of the seventeen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) affiliated with NROTC. This program is open to civilians, Active Duty Marines, and College Program Midshipmen who are attending or have been accepted and will attend an NROTC-affiliated HBCU. Active Duty Marines will be deactivated if they accept the scholarship.


Being a Marine Officer

Earning a commission as a Marine Corps Officer is tough but rewarding. Our service and lifestyle are not for everyone. Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to research as much as you can about life as an Officer of Marines. This is a decision you must make for yourself, and it is important that it be an educated decision done under the guidance of people who are important in your life and whom you trust. Be inquisitive. Talk to retired, former or active duty Marines, if you know any. Explore our website at www.marines.com, especially the portion on Commissioning Programs to learn as much as you can during your decision making process. Finally, explore the NROTC Program itself and the NROTC Unit at FAMU. If at all possible, schedule an orientation visit to the school, tour the university colleges and their academic programs, tour the NROTC Unit, and speak with current students.


Scholarship Benefits
Scholarship Requirements
Required Forms





Contact Information for NROTC Unit, Florida A&M University

Office Phone: (850) 599-8411 or 3980

Marine Officer Instructor: Major Anthony Sousa, email: anthony.sousa@famu.edu

Assistant Marine Officer Instructor: Gunnery Sergeant Steele, email: brett.steele@famu.edu

Office Location: Perry-Paige Building, Florida A&M University, 1740 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32307-3107

Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 6508, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6508



NROTC-affiliated Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Frederick C. Branch NROTC Marine Scholarship may be pursued with any one of the 17 HBCUs around the country that are affiliated with Naval ROTC.  They are:


Frederick C. Branch Information and College Listing at the NROTC Home Page

Florida A&M University

Allen University

Clark Atlanta University

Dillard University

Hampton University

Howard University

Norfolk University

Morehouse College

Huston-Tillotson University

Prairie View A&M University

Savannah State University

Spelman College

Southern University

Tennessee State University

Texas Southern University

Tuskegee University

Xavier University of Louisiana