Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy


Nominating a Student

Guidance counselors, coaches, parents and mentors may nominate a student they feel possesses strong leadership and character traits by visiting


If you have completed your sophomore year in high school, participate in athletic, leadership and self-oriented activities and display strong moral and ethical standards, you may nominate yourself by visiting

Application Help

In order to apply for the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy, submit the online application, along with required supporting documentation, so that it will be received in its entirety on or before April 1, 2018. You may fill out the entire application at once or in segments. An incomplete application may be saved at any point. Whenever you return to the website and log in, you will be automatically redirected to the last saved version of your application.

Once you request supporting documentation from your guidance counselor, influencer, coach, etc., the adult will be prompted to create an account and begin the documentation submission process. Once they have begun the documentation request process, you will be notified via email. Your adult counterpart will not have access to view your student application data.

Retrieving a Username/Password

To retrieve a username or reset your password, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions

What do Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy attendees earn?

Students selected for this program will be recognized for their leadership potential and have access to many opportunities for development through seminars, courses and training. All attendees will receive volunteer hours and leadership experience from the program that may assist them with applications. They will have the opportunity to work with leaders who will be able to continue to mentor them long after the camp has ended. These mentors have proven to be instrumental in writing letters of recommendation, NROTC applications, service academies, and various community service awards.

Why did I receive an email invitation for this program?

If you received an invitation to apply for a USMC Student Program, or to supply information related to a student’s application, it is because the individual named in the email has referred you and provided your name and email address.

I forgot my username/password. What should I do?

If you forgot your username/password, select the "forgot username" or "forgot password" link on the Log-In view. You will be asked for the email address used during your registration. An email will be sent to this address containing your username or a single-use link to provide a new password.

Can I update the information on my student program application?

Application data may be updated and saved at any point of the application process up until the application is submitted. Once the application has been submitted, you will no longer have access to it.

When should I expect to hear back regarding the application selections?

If you are selected for the SLCDA Program, you will be notified by May 1, 2018.

What if my Reference/Guidance Counselor/Coach/Parent or Guardian is unable to supply a requested piece of documentation?

If one of the adults that you have requested to supply related documentation is unable to access the site in order to complete the requested task, the student may upload the documentation by selecting the “Upload” button accompanying the documentation request section of the application form.

What if my Guidance Counselor is unable to supply a high school transcript online, and is not able to provide a copy for me to upload myself?

High school transcripts may be requested along with your program application; however, in these cases the application may be submitted without the transcript documentation attached.

How many students will be selected for the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy?

Approximately 200 students will be recognized and selected to become a part of this small circle of student leaders.

Is there an age limit for nomination?

At this time, nomination is reserved for juniors in high school who will be 16-18 years of age on the program start date (July 16, 2018).

Will I be obligated to pursue enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps after participating in this program?

You will not be obligated to pursue enlistment upon the completion of this program.

Why do I need to be in excellent overall health to participate in the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy?

Activities at Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy can be physically and mentally demanding. To help participants be better prepared, the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy Staff requires that everyone who participates in SLCDA have an annual sports physical evaluation by a certified and licensed health-care provider: a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

What are potential health factors that could eliminate my participation in SLCDA?

Based on the vast experience of the medical community, the United States Marine Corps has identified risk factors that could become issues during Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy, including the following disqualifying conditions: excessive body weight (obesity), cardiac or cardiovascular disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), seizures or epilepsy, and psychiatric/psychological and emotional difficulties.

Though not immediately disqualifying, the following conditions will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, and the applicant may be required to provide additional information if they are affected by them: asthma, sleep apnea, allergies, recent musculoskeletal injuries and orthopedic surgery.