When I was first applying for the scholarship I would always search all over the internet for the stats of the people who got it and look for any tips. Well, I luckily got the 2014 Marine Option Scholarship and for those who would like to compare themselves or would like to know, here are my stats and what I did: Academics: Freshmen-Junior Overall GPA: Unweighted: 3.71 Weighted: 3.8 ACT: 30 Activities 2 years Swimming JV 2 years Cross Country JV/Varsity 2 years Naval Sea Cadets 100 hours community service(tutor, teacher aid) 1 year working as Lifeguard PFT: 280 Pull Ups: 20 Crunches: 100 Run: 21:12 As you can see, you don't have to be the Varsity Captain of manly sports or the president of a hundred clubs (but they do help). I think the best thing you can do is just show that you have a lot of Determination to become a Marine Officer. Little things like showing up to all the PFTs, being the first/being early to contact the officer, completing all your forms early, etc. I feel these things can definitely show that you have Determination and you take Initiative. Other Tips: -Don't be a government scholarship mooch. Pick a branch that you like and stick with it. Don't apply for every branch's ROTC scholarship and service academy. If you want to be a Marine Officer, stick with MO NROTC and/or Naval Academy. -Know Marine Corps Values and Traits, if you include these in your essays and explain how you try to master them, it's very good stuff -Leadership activities, even if you didn't do much, write/talk as much as you can about them and make connections from those activities to your duties as an Officer Last Words: I suggest asking the local recruiter if you can train with the poolees. You get a great exercise and you get to learn more about the Marines. Also, if you do well, you could probably ask the recruiter for a recommendation, which would help greatly. IMPORTANT NOTE: DEPing in will not help you that much. I didn't DEP in and I was fine. Props to you if you DEP in anyways though. You're a true Marine.