Two Military Opportunities for Our Students

Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy (SLCDA) Students are selected from a variety of backgrounds and offered the opportunity to attend the week-long Academy held aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA. Over the course of the week, we introduce selectees to the Marine Corps mission, core values, military culture and leadership principles. They will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and to strengthen their confidence and leadership skills. They will be exposed to the teachings and lessons of many Marine Corps leaders and be surrounded by a diverse range of students. Physical training and scenario-based reaction courses will be emphasized throughout the week. Students will graduate the program more confident and equipped to improve the lives of those around them and will be better postured to become better leaders at home, at school, and in their communities. Requirements:

  • Must be a high school sophomore or junior.
  • Must be 16 to 18 years old by the academy start date (generally July).
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • Applicants must complete a 500 word leadership essay.
  • Must receive a minimum of one reference.
  • Possess strong moral and ethical standards.
  • Current Physical.
  • Perform well on the Initial Strength Test. *An IST is not required for selection, but will be considered ifsubmitted as part of the application. While athletics, leadership positions and service-oriented activities are not required, they are important to the overall selection process.
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    Semper Fi All American Program (SFAAP) Proudly presented by the United States Marine Corps, the Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with the conviction and determination to succeed. These students embody the same fighting spirit that Marines stand for by taking on the challenges of succeeding academically while bettering their communities and excelling in athletics and extracurricular activities. They have turned obstacles into victories through drive and passion and will be recognized for their achievements at the exclusive Battles Won Academy. As a celebration of their success, selected Semper Fidelis All-Americans will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Battles Won Academy, a four-day experience held in Washington, D.C., in July 2020. There they will participate in daily workouts, an immersive experience on base on Marine Corps Base Quantico, a community service event, team-building outings, and a tour of our Nation’s Capital. The selected Semper Fidelis All-Americans will also have the opportunity to network with an elite circle of speakers from all walks of life and various industries who will share their inspiring stories of fighting and winning battles in their own lives. Speakers from past years have included Sage Steele, television anchor; James Conner, NFL running back; Becky Hammon, NBA coach; Ashton Eaton, Olympic decathlete; JW Cortes, Marine veteran, actor and philanthropist; Adeline Gray, Olympic wrestler; Verice Bennett, Marine Corps veteran and Silver Star recipient; and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In recognition of the importance of building a support system to enable the success of the next generation, each All-American will be given the opportunity to invite a mentor of their choosing who holds a position within their school, sports team or a community organization to attend the event with them. Selected mentors may not be of familial relation to the student or currently reside with the student, must be 25 years of age or older and cannot be currently serving in the armed forces. Finally, becoming a Semper Fidelis-All American will make students eligible for select scholarship opportunities only available to program participants. Requirements:

  • Be a Junior in High School
  • Have a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Be active in community service
  • Play a competitive team sport
  • Hold a student or community leadership position
  • All mentors are subject to a background check and vetting process prior to confirmation.
  • Throughout the weekend’s activities, students and mentors will be required to step out of their comfortzones, and all attendees should be prepared to participate in a high level of physical activity.
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