Leadership Scholar

The Leadership Scholar Program was formed with the express purpose of providing assistance in accelerating the admission of qualified Marines to four year, not-for-profit, colleges and universities across the nation, in an effort to offer the most expeditious route for attainment of their respective educational goals as they transition from active duty to the private sector.



  • Helps honorably discharging Marines continue their education by connecting qualified Marines with admissions offices at colleges and universities.
  • There are approximately 236 universities/colleges participating, with at least one school in 49 states and the District of Columbia (only Alaska is unrepresented).
  • Services are provided via individual counseling to Marines and onsite visits with educational institutions.
  • Serves as a vetting process that will streamline information and paperwork for presentation and coordinate acceptance to the college or university.
  • Attempts to negotiate with each school to offer conditions which are most favorable to Marines to include waivers of registration fees and stipends to offset upfront books and dorm fees.
  • Actively involved with national organizations that have strong ties with universities/colleges including National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Student Veterans of America (SVA), National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), National Association of Veteran’s Program Administrators (NAVPA), the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Learn More

To apply now please click below on "Submit Application" and then supply us with all applicable information.

To apply by mail, send your application to the attention of Leadership Scholar Program Manager, Marine and Family Programs Division, 3820 Russell Road, Quantico, Virginia 22134.

To be eligible, you must be an honorably discharged active duty Marine who is planning to attend a school as a freshman or a transfer student. You must also be a High School graduate. You must have a recommendation from a commanding officer or someone for whom you have worked, and an acceptable test score on your AFQT score of 70 or higher and a GT score of 115 or higher.  Marines can apply while on active duty and must apply within 180 days after end of active service.

If you represent a university/college and wish to help honorably discharging Marines continue their education, please email omblsp@usmc-mccs.org to learn more about becoming an official partner. By joining forces with the United States Marine Corps, we will identify and pre-screen candidates to ensure they meet the academic standards and requirements of your institution and collaborate with your admissions office to secure acceptance for qualified applicants.

Quantico(Change Location)

Leadership Scholar Program
Bldg. 3088
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4:30pm
(703) 784-3340
MCCS Quantico website

For general information,
please send email inquiries to
or call 703-784-9550.


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