Eagle Scouts Scholarships
The highest rank possible with the Boy Scouts of America is Eagle Scout. This title is highly prestigious and Eagle Scouts hold their title for life. In order to become an Eagle Scout, candidates must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit through organization law and oath as well as leadership and service. The rank of Eagle Scout is available to those who have been Life Scouts for at least six months and who have earned all required badges. Eagle Scouts can be rewarded with a number of valuable scholarships. If you are an Eagle Scout, look into these excellent scholarship opportunities to help cover the costs of earning your college degree:
Academic scholarships are the first type of scholarship provided by the NESA. This program offers several $3,000 scholarships as well as a number of Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $48,000. In addition, NESA provides one $50,000 STEM academic scholarship and one $25,000 scholarship for those pursuing a healthcare degree and who plan on serving in an underserved area. To earn these scholarships for Eagle Scouts, applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are entering college during the award year. Those who are having an Eagle Scout board of review in the year of high school graduation can apply that year, but can receive only a one-time scholarship. Check their scholarship section for details on all offered scholarships.
The NESA also offers Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarships for Eagle Scouts. Each region reviews possible applicants and awards $1,000 scholarships to eligible candidates. To earn these scholarships for Eagle Scouts, candidates must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students in college up to their junior years. These scholarships are available only as one-time awards. Since NESA receives over 5,000 applications each year for less than 150 scholarships, competition is extremely stiff for funds.
Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship
These Eagle Scout scholarships are provided by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The organization provides five scholarships valued at $2,000 each to candidates who are active in specified organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. To apply for these scholarships, and to get further information, visit the official scholarship site at www.nccs-bsa.org.
Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarships
These Eagle Scout scholarships are provided by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. The awards are worth $1,000 each year for up to four years and are available to applicants who have earned the Eagle Scout Award, the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblem, are active in a synagogue, and have shown a strong sense of citizenship and community service. Candidates must demonstrate financial need to qualify. The application deadline is February 28. For applications and further information, visit www.jewishscouting.org.
Rick Arkans Eagle Scout Scholarship
These scholarships for Eagle Scouts are provided by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and are worth $1,000 in the form of a one-time scholarship. To be eligible, candidates must be registered and active in scouting, be holders of the Eagle Scout Award as well as the Etz Chaim or Ner Tamid religious emblem, have financial need, and be active members of the community. The deadline is February 28. To apply, visit www.jewishscouting.org.
Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship
This is another scholarship offered by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. The award amounts vary from $500 to $1,000. To be eligible for these scholarships for Eagle Scouts, candidates must have the Eagle Scout designation, have earned the appropriate religious emblem, be active members of a synagogue and their communities, and practice citizenship. You can apply for these scholarships by February 28 at www.jewishscouting.org.
Eastern Orthodox Scouting Scholarships
These Eagle Scout scholarships are available through the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting. Each year, three candidates receive these one-time merit scholarships valued at $500 to $1,000. To be eligible, applicants must be Eagle Scouts, be active in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and have earned the Alpha Omega religious emblem. One of the scholarships is reserved for candidates who are of Russian descent. The deadline for application is May 1. Details and applications are available at www.eocs.org.
American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
These Eagle Scout scholarships are provided by the American Legion in the amount of $10,000. The scholarship is awarded to the Eagle Scout of the Year. In addition, the American Legion provides three scholarships of $2,500 to runners-up. Further awards may be awarded at the state level. To be eligible, scouts must have earned the Eagle Scout award as well as the religious emblem offered by his religious institution. Applicants must also have demonstrated citizenship and be the son or grandson of an American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary member. The deadline for applications is March 1. Applications and details are available at www.legion.org.
Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship
Under this program, provided by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, is open to all Eagle Scouts registered in scouting who are under the age of 19. The program provides scholarships valued at $8,000, $4,000, and $2,000. Additional scholarships may be awarded at state and local levels. To apply, scouts must submit a 500-word essay on a patriotic topic as well as an ancestor chart spanning four generations. Deadlines vary by area. Details are available at www.sar.org.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Scout of the Year
These scholarships for Eagle Scouts are available through the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The scholarships are open to candidates who have earned the Eagle Scout Award and who have demonstrated excellent citizenship within the community. Applications are due by March 1 and are submitted through a local VFW post. To learn more about these $1,000, $3,000, and $5,000 awards, visit www.vfw.org.
Washington Scholars Fellowship Program
The Washington Scholars Fellowship Program offers scholarships for Eagle Scouts who are willing to participate in the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program. This program offers 20 weeks of training for those interested in national and international public service and policy. Deadlines for applications are July 31, October 31, and January 31. Applications and details are available at www.washingtonscholars.org.
Institution Specific Scholarships
Abilene Christian University Venturing and Scouting Leadership Scholarship
These scholarships for Eagle Scouts, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, are renewable and are available to incoming college freshmen. Applicants must have earned the Eagle Scout Award. If you wish to be considered for these scholarships, contact the ACU Office of Venturing and Scouting Relationships at www.acu.edu by February 15.
Birmingham-Southern College Eagle Scout Scholarship
These Eagle Scout scholarships are worth $2,500 and are renewable. The funds are available to incoming freshmen who are Eagle Scouts and who submit a student resume and letter of interest to the BSC Admission Office. Applications are due by January 15. For further information, visit www.bsc.edu.
College of St. Joseph Eagle Scout Scholarship
These $2,500 renewable scholarships for Eagle Scouts are available for all four years of college as long as the recipient holds a 3.0 or higher GPA. To apply, indicate on the college application that you are an Eagle Scout. There is no limit on the number of available Eagle Scout scholarships awarded each year. More information is available at www.csj.edu.
Columbia College Leadership Award
These $1,000 renewable scholarships for Eagle Scouts are available to candidates who have demonstrated school or community leadership. To maintain the scholarship, students must continue leadership development activities, including active involvement in at least two campus organizations. The deadline for application is March 1. Full scholarship information is available at www.ccis.edu.
The Dofflemyer Eagle Scout scholarships are available based on financial need instead of merit. To demonstrate eligibility for the money, students must specify that they are Eagle Scouts on the standard application or Stanford University. The deadline to apply is February 1. Scholarship details can be found at Stanford’s financial aid website.
Epsilon Tau Pi’s Soaring Eagle Scholarship
These Eagle Scout scholarships are valued at $500 and are available through the University of Dayton in Ohio. The scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman each year who has earned an Eagle Scout award and who has demonstrated scouting leadership and community participation outside of scouting. To be eligible, students must have at least a 1600 on the SAT or an ACT score of 25 or higher. The deadline for application is August 3. Full details are available at the school website.
Florida Institute of Technology Eagle Scout Scholarship
This is one of the more lucrative scholarships for Eagle Scouts. These scholarships, valued at a minimum of $13,500, are guaranteed to all applicants who are first-time students who are Eagle Scouts and who have met the minimum merit scholarship requirements. To qualify, you must submit an admission application by February 1. For further information, visit www.fit.edu.
Hampden-Sydney Citizen-Leader Scholarship
These Eagle Scout scholarships are available to any accepted Eagle Scouts at Hampden-Sydney College. The scholarships are valued at $5,000 a year and are renewable as long as students meet school requirements. Applications must be received by March 1. Interested students can find out more at www.hsc.edu.
Lamar University College of Engineering Scholarship
These $5,000 per year scholarships for Eagle Scouts are available to all Lamar University undergraduate students majoring in engineering, with preference being given to those who have earned the Eagle Scout Award. To qualify, applicants must score a minimum of 1200 on the math and verbal portions of the SAT. Application deadlines are February 1. Full program information can be found at www.lamar.edu.
Lindenwood University Scouting Scholarships
These Eagle Scout scholarships are valued at $6,000 to $12,000 each year and are renewable to those who meet all requirements. Preference is given to students who enroll in Human Service Agency Management with the intention of becoming professionals in the nonprofit sector or executives with Boy Scouts of America. Application deadlines are open. For more information, visit www.lindenwood.edu.
Lindsey Wilson College Eagle Scout Scholarship
These scholarships for Eagle Scouts are worth up to half of the student’s tuition costs. To qualify, applicants must be new, full-time students who have at least a 24 on the ACT, at least a 3.0 high school GPA, and have been accepted to Lindsey Wilson College. Applicants must submit letters of reference and an essay detailing how he has benefitted from scouting. Up to five of these Eagle Scout scholarships are awarded each year. There is no deadline for application. For further details, visit the school website at www.lindsey.edu.
Robbins Scholarship for Eagle Scouts
These Eagle Scout scholarships are worth $3,000 in renewable funds for students at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. To apply, Eagle Scouts must write an essay of 250 words or less detailing his leadership service project. Applications can be made at www.hamline.edu and are due by February 1.
University of Evansville Scouting Scholarship
These scholarships for Eagle Scouts are valued at $13,750 each year to scouts who meet the academic criteria to be admitted to the University of Evansville. To maintain the scholarship, students must meet all renewal requirements. Applications are due by March 10 and can be found at www.evansville.edu.