My Marine XO has told me that I came very close to getting a scholarship on the early board for Marine Option NROTC, and that my chances for the regular board are very good. However, he wants me to consider changing my 4th and 5th choices for schools to historically black colleges that are on the list for the Marine's Frederick C. Branch scholarship. If I wasn't selected for the regular board, my XO would resubmit my packet, but to this scholarship, which operates on a rolling admissions basis and is not very competitive. The scholarship is essentially the same as the regular M.O. NROTC scholarship, but only to 16 historically black colleges. I've checked out most of the schools to some extent, but I'm still not that impressed with the academics. Can anyone recommend two or three of the better schools on that list to me and/or share their experiences with the Frederick C. Branch scholarship?