Most high school students know the importance of being involved in extracurricular activities and service organizations in order to demonstrate on college and scholarship applications that they are well-rounded and exceptional applicants. Students can end up putting a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into these extracurriculars, including money for uniforms and trips, time spent working on club activities rather than homework, etc. Students who are so dedicated to these extracurriculars can be rewarded, however, by discovering and applying to scholarships that they are only eligible for because of their extracurricular involvement.
High school students who are Eagle Scouts understand what it’s like to put time and effort into an activity outside of school. Since Eagle Scout is the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America program, those who attain this status are clearly dedicating so much of their energy into the program. There are many scholarships for which only Eagle Scouts are eligible that reward this dedication with money to help Eagle Scouts achieve their collegiate dreams.
The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) itself provides some deserving Eagle Scouts with excellent scholarship opportunities. These scholarships fall under either academic or merit tracks. Two of the most prestigious academic scholarship opportunities from the National Eagle Scout Association are the Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarship and the NESA Stem scholarship. Eagle Scouts who are high school seniors are eligible to apply for these scholarships. As these are academic scholarships, applicants must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement alongside financial need and thorough participation in the Eagle Scout program. Their academic achievement must be demonstrated by at least an 1800 SAT score or 28 ACT score in order to be eligible to apply.
Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarship
The Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarship provides four Eagle Scouts with $25,000 scholarships and one Eagle Scout with a $48,000 scholarship. These scholarships are split across four years of collegiate studies. The additional NESA STEM scholarship provides one Eagle Scout with a $50,000 scholarship paid over four years. The applicant for this scholarship must plan to pursue a collegiate major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) field.
There are a number of merit scholarships also available from the National Eagle Scout Association. The merit scholarships are one-time awards for either high school seniors or current college students who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Eligible applicants must demonstrate significant participation in the Eagle Scout program as well as high academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and public service.
Approximately 100 merit scholarships are awarded each year. These scholarships include the Bailey scholarships, which are $2,000 and $4,000 awards, the Robert and Rebecca Palmer scholarship for $2,500, and the Hall/McElwain merit scholarship for $5,000. Both National Eagle Scout Association academic and merit scholarship recipients are recommended by Boy Scout Association scholarship committees around the country and selected by the National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship Committee.
American Legion Eagle Scout Scholarships
The American Legion also awards scholarships specifically for Eagle Scout Participants. Eligible applicants are those who receive the Eagle Scout Award as well as a religious emblem from the Scout’s religious institution. Similar to most scholarships, applicants must demonstrate high levels of achievement in the Eagle Scout program, academically, in public service, and also in their local church. Additionally, all applicants for the Eagle Scout of the Year Award scholarship must have familial connections to the American Legion, such as a father or a grandfather who are involved in a local unit. One first prize scholarship winner will receive the $10,000 scholarship for the Eagle Scout of the Year award, and three additional Eagle Scouts will receive scholarships of $2,500 each to use towards college tuition and fees.
Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship
Eagle Scouts can also apply to the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship awarded by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Eligible applicants will be Eagle Scouts under the age of 19. They must provide proof of four generations of ancestors involved in the Sons of the American Revolution program and must write an essay on patriotism. The first place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will receive a $6,000 award, and the second runner-up will receive a $4,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition and fees.
There are a number of additional scholarships specifically available to Eagle Scouts. As the program cultivates high achieving students who have to maintain excellent academic standards and must contribute to the community with public service, so many Eagle Scout participants will find that their hard work will pay off with excellent scholarship opportunities.