One of the benefits of enlisting in the Marine Corps is gaining access to good education benefits. You can be one of the Few and the Proud and get help to pay for an undergraduate degree with a scholarship.
Accepting financial assistance for your education means that you will enter the Corps after graduation as a Second Lieutenant. Your work with the Marine Corps may start during your summer breaks while you are attending university in an annual four-week training cruise. During these sessions, you will gain experience on board ship as well as spend time engaged in classroom and field training.
Marine Corps NROTC Scholarship Program
As a Marine-option Midshipman, you can receive funding to help you complete a Bachelor’s degree at an approved college or university. You will also be required to take courses covering the history of warfare, naval science, management and ethics.
NROTC funding pays for a number of costs associated with pursuing a post-secondary education, including:
- Living expenses
Candidates for an NROTC scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen
- Between the ages of 17-23
- Meet minimum physical qualifications for the Marine Corps
- SAT score of at least 1000 or ACT composite score of 22
Frederick C. Branch Scholarship Program
The Frederick C. Branch Scholarship Program is named for the Marine Corps’ first Black officer. Captain Branch served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. The scholarship program which carries his name offers two, three and four year NROTC scholarships to students who are planning to attend one of the following Historically Black Colleges and Universities:
- Allen University
- Clark Atlanta University
- Dillard University
- Florida A&M University
- Hampton University
- Howard University
- Huston-Tillotson University
- Morehouse College
- Norfolk State University
- Prairie View A&M University
- Savannah State University
- Southern University
- Spelman College
- Tennessee State University
- Texas Southern University
- Tuskegee University
- Xavier University of Louisiana
Colonel Richard A. Christie Memorial Fund
The Colonel Richard A. Christie Memorial Fund provides scholarship assistance to a Marine who is leaving the Corps to work toward a Bachelor’s degree. Full-time students who have demonstrated “exceptional courage and integrity in the face of a great obstacle” may be considered for this award. The scholarship recipient will be paid $250 per month ($3,000 per year) to help pay for the cost of obtaining the degree.
Women Marines Association Scholarships
Women Marines Association Scholarships are available to active duty Marines or veterans. Children, stepchildren or siblings of U.S. Marine Corps members may also apply for funding. The Association offers a number of $1,500 scholarships annually to high school graduates and college students who have attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0. Recipients can use the money to help pay for the cost of attending any accredited trade school, college or university.
People who are considering joining the Marines can get financial assistance to help pay for the cost of their post-secondary education and will be guaranteed a job after graduation. This is an option worth considering if it means being able to start a career without having to juggle student loan payments with other living expenses.
More Scholarship Resources for Members of the US Marine Corps
Below we have put together a list of additional scholarship opportunities for specific members of the US Marine Corps.