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Scholarships Available to Eagle Scouts

As an Eagle Scout, there are many scholarship opportunities available to you.  Some only apply if you go to a certain school, or a school in a certain state.  Others require a parent or grandparent to be a member of the granting organization.  Some require proof of need, others do not.  Be sure that your high school college counselor knows that you are an Eagle Scout and interested in special scholarships.  When you apply or are accepted by a school and you are talking to them about financial aid, ask if they have any special scholarships for Eagle Scouts.  There is a wealth of information available on the web about scholarships for Eagle Scouts.  Try your favorite search engine with "Eagle Scout" Scholarship.  The listing below is just some of the many sites with information.  Offerings, information, and web sites are constantly changing so some information may get out of date.  Let me know if you find corrections to this information.

National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) scholarships.  NESA offers several scholarships to Eagle Scouts.  The scholarships run from $1,000 to $50,000.  Applications are posted each year on October 1.  Deadline is December 31 of each year.  The application is available online at http://www.nesa.org/scholarships.html.

The NESA site at http://www.nesa.org/scholarships.html lists many scholarships available to Eagle Scouts at specific institutions or through specific religious and civic organizations.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution also offers the Arthur M. & Brenda King Eagle Scout Scholarships of $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 scholarships annually.  Additional information and the application form is available at http://www.sar.org/youth/eagle.html, or by writing to NSSAR, 1000 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203.  Pennsylvania State Society information is available at http://www.pasar.org.  The local (Philadelphia) chapter information is available at http://www.passar.org/PCC/index.htm.  The review process for this scholarship goes from local chapter to state society to national organization, so start at the local chapter page..

The American Legion sponsors the Scout of the Year program. One $10,000 and three $2,5000 scholarships are awarded annually.  The nominee must be a registered, active member of a Scout Troop or Varsity Team operated by an American Legion Post or auxiliary unit or the son or grandson of a member.  Information and application forms are available at http://www.legion.org/programs/resources/scholarships.  Applications can be obtained from the American Legion, Attn: Scout of the Year, Post Office Box 1055, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206. Submission deadline is March 1 each year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States  offers a $5,000 scholarship, a $3,000 scholarship, and a $1,000 scholarship.  This scholarship program is open to registered, active members of Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships. Applicant must have received the Eagle Scout Award, the Venturing Silver Award, or the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award and must have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, Scouting, and the community. Application must be submitted through a single, local VFW post.  Information is available from Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111, 816-756-3390, bhaney@vfw.org or at http://www.vfw.org.

The BSA's Order of the Arrow offers one or more E. Urner Goodman scholarships ranging up to $2,000 and awarded to Arrowmen planning a career in the professional service of the BSA. Applications can be obtained from the Order of the Arrow National Office, at the BSA's National Office listed above. The deadline for submission is January 15, with grants announced in June or July.  The application is available on line at http://www.main.oa-bsa.org/resources/forms/eugschol.pdf.

The Mervyn Sluizer, Jr Eagle Scout Scholarship is a $1,000 (per year) scholarship offered to an Eagle Scout in the Philadelphia 8 county area. See details at https://www.philafound.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Scholarships/Available-Scholarships/2014_Final_Sluizer_Application.pdf.

The Boy Scouts also has a list of scholarships available to Eagle Scouts at http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/scholarships.aspx.

Several Colleges or Universities offer their own Eagle Scout Scholarship.  This information was gathered from a variety of sources and is not guaranteed.  These offerings are constantly changing so this information may be out of date.   Let me know if you find corrections to this information.  For more information, contact the financial aid offices of the following universities or schools:

  • Abiline Christian University, Abiline, TX.  Abiline University offers annual scholarships of $1,000 to incoming freshmen who have earned the Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Silver Award, Sea Scouting Quartermaster Award, GSUSA Gold Award, or American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes Award.  Application deadline is March 1.  more information at http://www.acu.edu/campusoffices/sfs/finance/scholarships/index.html#scouting.

  • Birmingham-Southern College Eagle Scout Scholarship.  This is a renewable $2,500 scholarship.  Information at http://bsc.edu/fa/index.htm.

  • Columbia College, Columbia, MO.  Columbia College will offer a $500 scholarship to any Eagle Scout or Explorer post member who is admitted to the college for an academic program. Columbia offers strong career programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and business administration courses in shopping center management and travel management. They are very attractive programs for Explorer posts. For information, write Columbia College, 1001 and Rogers, Columbia, MO 65216.

  • Doane College, Crete, Nebraska. The Zenon C. R. Hansen Leadership Scholarship for $7,000 is presented annually by the Zenon C. R. Hansen Foundation to a full-time student who is an Eagle Scout, active in the Boy Scouts of America, and who plans to remain active in Scouting and leadership activities. Renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon maintenance of a specified minimum grade point average and active involvement in the Doane Talent and Leadership Curriculum. Interested students must reapply each year. Application deadline is March 10, but students should complete federal financial aid forms prior to March 1. The college admissions application, scholarship application, and any additional information concerning the scholarship can be obtained from the Doane College Admissions Office, 1014 Boswell, Crete, NE 68333-2430, or call 800-333-6263.

  • Dowling College, Oakdale, Long Island, New York.  The Nathaniel M. Giffen Memorial Endowed Scholarship is a $2,000, four-year scholarship awarded annually to two freshmen (men or women) who have demonstrated a strong background in Scouting, who have shown fine academic achievement on the secondary school level, who enroll full-time to pursue a baccalaureate degree at Dowling, and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is named in honor of Scouter Nat Giffen, a noted banker, community leader, and Dowling College trustee. For more information, contact Dowling College, Director of Financial Aid, Oakdale, N.Y. 11769, 516-244-3110.

  • Drury College, Springfield, MO.  Drury College will offer a $1000 scholarship to up to 5 Eagle Scouts who is admitted to the college as a degree-seeking student.  See www.drury.edu/eaglescout.  For further information, contact the Office of Admissions, Drury College, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802.

  • Florida Tech University, Melbourne, FL.  Florida Tech offers a guaranteed minimum academic scholarship of $10,000 to Eagle Scouts.  See http://www.fit.edu/ugrad/financial_aid/scholarships.php.

  • Grand Canyon College, Phoenix, AZ.  The Presidential Leadership Eagle Award is $300 awarded yearly to Boy Scouts who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank. Proof of achievement is required. This scholarship is renewable each year the student maintains at least a 3.0 grade-point average and is enrolled full-time (12 credit hours minimum). The award is applied to tuition only. For details, write to Scholarship Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, Grand Canyon University, 3300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85017.

  • Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI.  A $1,200 award is given to selected freshmen who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. For further information, contact National Student Organizations Office, Johnson & Wales University, 8 Abbot Park Place, Providence, RI 02903.

  • Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO.  Eagle Scouts, Explorers, and Brotherhood members of the Order of the Arrow who meet admissions requirements are eligible for awards of $18,000. These awards are made in annual increments of a $5,000 scholarship and a $1,500 work-and-learn stipend over four years of study at Missouri Valley College. Missouri Valley College is a coeducational, liberal-arts college that promotes leadership in its students through the work-and-learn program and campus involvement. The college offers bachelor degrees in twenty-seven areas, including Human Service Agency Management. This program is designed for students seeking careers in Scouting and other youth or volunteer agencies. Further information on programs, admission procedures, and financial aid is available from the Director of Admissions, Missouri Valley College, 500 East College Street, Marshall, MO 65340, 816-886-6924.

  • New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM.  The Eagle Scout John S. Bell Scholarship is open to all cadets who are active in Scouting and plan to remain so, and are Eagle Scouts. Renewal of the scholarship is contingent on the recipient maintaining a satisfactory academic record and continuing active participation in Scouting. New Mexico Military Institute offers a unique two-year commissioning program with more than $4,000 in U.S. Army ROTC monies over the two years at the institute. For information regarding these opportunities, write to Director of Admissions, New Mexico Military Institute, 101 W. College Boulevard, Roswell, NM 88201-5173.

  • Paul Smith's College of Arts and Sciences, Paul Smiths, New York. Paul Smith's College will offer a $500 scholarship to a maximum of three selected first-year students per year. The recipients must have received a national William T. Hornaday Award for distinguished service in conservation, and be admitted to attend Paul Smith's College. For further information contact Financial Aid Office, Paul Smith's College, Routes 86 and 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970.

  • Penn State University.  The Charles and Sharon Bell Scholarship for Citizenship and Leadership is for full time students at the University Park campus.  The application is available at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/pdf/BellScholarship.pdf.

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana. The Forrest G. Sherer Honorary Scout Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior active in Scouting in the Wabash Valley Council. The award of at least $1,000 is made prior to June 1. The applicant must be approved for admission to the Rose-Hulman Institute prior to March 15. Application and information can be secured from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803.

  • Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA http://www.free-4u.com/st__vincent_college_eagle_scout_award.htm.  Saint Vincent College offers automatic scholarships for Scouts. Eagle Scouts are eligible for an automatic scholarship from Saint Vincent College in a unique recognition program. Any Eagle Scout who applies for admission to Saint Vincent will be offered a $1,000 Leadership Scholarship to attend SVC. The award is $250 per year for four years of undergraduate study at the coeducational liberal-arts and science college. As a liberal-arts college, Saint Vincent recognizes the value and importance of leadership qualities in young adults. This special scholarship is designed to recognize and reward a Scout for his demonstrated leadership and achievement. Applicants who are involved in other extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership in school, community, or church groups will be considered for larger scholarships of up to $2,500 per year.
    Students who wish to apply for this scholarship opportunity should obtain an application form from SVC and submit it with an accompanying list of activities and three letters of recommendation from Scoutmaster, guidance counselor, Clergyman, or other officials. Further information and application materials are available from the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA 15650.

  • Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts. An annual award is given from the Mortimer L. Schiff Scholarship Endowment Fund to an outstanding Scout, with the highest ideals of Scouting, who wishes to train for professional leadership in boys' work only at Springfield College. One scholarship of $600 is available on a year-to-year basis. It is renewable. Students holding scholarships are given preference over new applicants. There is no special application for this scholarship; however, students are expected to complete the regular Springfield College financial aid application process. Apply to Director of Financial Aid, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109.

  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA.  Dofflemyer Honors Scholarships are awarded to Eagle Scouts who are seeking a baccalaureate degree from Stanford University. The scholarships are based on financial need alone. Students applying must complete the three forms required of all Stanford undergraduates seeking financial aid: Free application for Federal Student Aid, the Financial Aid Form, which is processed by the College Scholarship Service, and Stanford's supplemental form. Proof of Eagle Scout rank should be sent with Stanford's supplemental form to the Financial Aids Office, 214 Old Union, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. The deadline for filing is March 31 each year for returning students.

  • Syracuse University has a United Radio Service Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Fund on Engineering, which is awarded to Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients or Eagle Scouts.

  • Texas A & M University - ROTC cadets, $2,000 ($500 per semester for four semesters).

  • University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.  http://www.evansville.edu/scholarships/.  The University of Evansville offers scholarships to Eagle Scouts who meet certain requirements of a minimum of $14,000 per year.

  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Each year the University of Louisville provides around 10 scholarships to Eagle Scouts.  These range anywhere between $2,500 up to full in-state tuition.  The requirements to apply are a 25 ACT and a 3.35 GPA. These scholarships are all competitive, so applying does not guarantee an award. For more information, contact Jennifer Pence, Program Assistant Sr., Office of Admissions University of Louisville, jennifer.pence@louisville.edu, 502.852.4956 (Phone), 502.852.6526 (FAX). Application deadline is January 15 each year.

  • Mississippi State University, Jackson, MS.  $4,000 ($1,000 per year) for entering freshmen who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  http://www.admissions.msstate.edu/scholarships/leadership/index.php#gold.

  • University of Mississippi (Ole Miss, University, MS.  $6,000 ($1,500 per year) for entering freshmen who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  http://www.olemiss.edu/finaid/scholarshiptypes.html.  Email finaid@olemiss.edu for more information.

  • Wesleyan University, CT

  • McDaniel College, Westminster, MD.  McDaniel College, a small private liberal arts college located in central Maryland, is offering guaranteed tuition scholarships of $2,000 each to Eagle Scouts who enroll. To qualify, students must apply for admission, be accepted, and submit a copy of their Eagle Scout certificate and a letter of recommendation from their Scoutmaster.

  • Whittier College, CA.  Robert L. Gifford Eagle Scout Endowment

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting offers the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship.  Each year, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting awards scholarships to three outstanding Catholic high-school seniors who are currently registered and active in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, or Venturing. Applicant must have earned the Eagle Scout Award or the Silver Award; have earned the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII religious emblem; have held a Scouting leadership position; and have served in his home parish.  The awards are $1,000 to $2,500.  The application deadline is March 1.  For more information go to http://www.nccs-bsa.org/national/EJDoerrScholarship.php or contact Nancy Watts, National Catholic Committee on Scouting, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079, 972-580-2114, nccs@netbsa.org.

http://www.jewishscouting.org/awards/njcoseaglescoutscholarshipprograms.asp, information on scholarships for Eagle Scouts of the Jewish faith.

Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship Program The recipient of the Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship per year for four years. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Rick Arkans Eagle Scout Scholarship Program The recipient of this scholarship will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship Program The recipient of the Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Two second-place scholarship awards will be given in the amount of $500 each.

http://www.eocs.org/, information for Eastern Orthodox Scouts, including Eagle Scout scholarships.