The title of United States Marine is earned, never given. The same is true of a Semper-Fidelis All-American. Becoming an All-American puts you in elite company and allows opportunities that will open the doors to future success. 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 four-day Battles Won Academy, held in Washington D.C. in July 2020. There they will participate in daily workouts, an immersive Marine Corps experience on base in Quantico, a community service event, teambuilding outings, and a tour of our Nation’s Capital (check out the daily recap video for the 2019 Battles Won Academy experience here). 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, James Conner, Becky Hammon, JW Cortes, Adeline Gray, Verice Bennett 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 alongside 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. 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 normal comfort zones, and all attendees should be prepared to participate in a high level of physical activity. Finally, becoming a Semper Fidelis-All American will make students eligible for select scholarship opportunities only available to program participants.
Students will be selected for the program based on moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens. Application information will be reviewed and validated for selection. The United States Marine Corps reserves the right to revoke selection of an All-American at their discretion if the application information provided cannot be validated.
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