A variety of college scholarships are available for outstanding Scouts in the various programs. Each scholarship sponsor sets their own eligibility requirements, criteria, and submission deadlines.
The National Eagle Scout Association awards a varying number of scholarships to Eagle Scouts through various scholarship funds. These scholarships vary in size from $1,000 to $50,000. The scholarships are for tuition, room, board, and books only and are limited for use at a four-year accredited college or university that offers at least a bachelor's degree upon completion of the course of studies.
Scholarship committees are formed each year in each of the four BSA regions (Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western) to recommend recipients of these scholarships, with the final determination made by the national NESA Scholarship Committee.
Applications are due by the end of January.
The Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. (The application year is the calendar year, 01 Jan. to 31 Dec.) The year that Eagle was awarded is not restricted. College plans do not need to be completed in order to receive the cash scholarship. The competition is conducted in three phases, local (Chapter), State (Society), and National. The competition is usually entered through the Chapter level.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to five outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college. Applications are due to the NCCS office by March 1 of each year.
Each year, the VFW selects three young people — of the Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturing — who have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community for the VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship. The first-place winner receives a $5,000 award, the second-place winner receives a $3,000 award and the third-place winner receives $1,000.
The National Jewish Committee on Scouting administers three Eagle Scout Scholarship Programs.
- Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship per year for four years. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
- Rick Arkans Eagle Scout Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
- Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout is a $1,000 scholarship. Two second-place scholarship awards will be given in the amount of $500 each.
Applications are generally due the end of February and announced in early May.
Exploring is not only a wonderful way to spend your time after school; it can also help you get money towards attending college. Exploring scholarships are available to all registered Explorers who fit the criteria. You must follow the written guidelines and application processes specified for each award.