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1st Marine to commission from Grambling in 30+ years announced

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GRAMBLING, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Marine Corps Recruiting Station Baton Rouge has announced the graduation and commissioning of Officer Candidate Olaolu Oguyemi, who will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps following his commencement at Grambling State University, Grambling La., Dec., 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Officer Candidate Olaolu Oguyemi will be the first Marine Officer to commission from Grambling State in more than three decades. In attendance will be Major Gen. Ronald Bailey, commanding general of First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif., who will render the oath of office to Oguyemi after he receives his degree on stage. Also tentatively scheduled to attend will be a representative from U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu's office.

Oguyemi is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the college of business, and is a graduate of Simsboro High school in Simsboro, La. After his graduation and commissioning into the Marine Corps, Oguyemi will soon report to The Basic School (TBS), Quantico, Va., where he will learn the art and science of Marine officer military tactics and planning processes prior to his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) school.

The Marine Corps Recruiting Command's enduring relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities continues to evolve. For example, the Marine's enduring commitment to support the Bayou Classic. Additionally, Marines are raising awareness of the Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship. The Branch Scholarship, named after the first African-American Marine officer, is a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship available to eligible students, regardless of ethnic background, who attend one of 17 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) participating in the program. While Grambling currently doesn't participate in the program, some of the schools included are Clark Atlanta, Howard, Hampton, Texas Southern, Tuskegee and Xavier universities.

Since the Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship began in 2006, 68 have been made available each year. Annually, each of the 17 schools has potential to award one two-year scholarship, one three-year scholarship and two four-year scholarships. However, many of them have gone un-awarded, especially the four-year scholarships.

In 2011 changes were made to the submission process for four-year Branch Scholarships. Executive officers from the 48 recruiting stations across the nation began forwarding packages of regular Marine-option NROTC scholarship prospects to MCRC for consideration.

In 2012 and for the first time since the program began in 2006, Marine Corps Recruiting Command awarded all 34 allotted four-year Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarships to qualified men and women who attend or plan on attending participating historically black colleges and universities.

The Marine Corps is committed to making concerted efforts to attract, mentor, and retain the most talented men and women who bring a diversity of background, culture and skill in service to our Nation. 

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