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Deadlines Extended for NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships

Earning the Eagle Scout Award can open the door to many career opportunities, and as Scouts study for those careers, the National Eagle Scout Association can help. Several scholarship opportunities are available to active NESA members (click here to learn how to join).

Last year, NESA awarded 53 scholarships to Eagle Scouts representing the BSA’s four regions.

The deadline for this year’s scholarships has been extended to Feb. 12 to allow the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts the opportunity to apply. Young women who have earned the Eagle Scout Award from Oct. 1, 2020, to Feb. 8, 2021, will be the inaugural group and have their Eagle Scout credentials dated Feb. 8, 2021.

These scholarships are available to Eagle Scouts attending four-year colleges, vocational trade schools and other programs. Some stipulations apply, such as maintaining a NESA membership and a high grade point average.

All applications must be completed and submitted by Feb. 12; scholarship winners will be announced June 11. Click here to find applications.

Available scholarships

Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship
One scholarship of up to $48,000 (up to $12,000 per year for four years) and four $25,000 scholarships (up to $6,250 a year for four years) awarded annually to an Eagle Scout who has shown academic performance, financial need and active participation in school and Scouting activities. Established by Lawrence S. Cooke in memory of his late wife, Mabel Cooke.

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship
$5,000 scholarships awarded on a regional basis to Eagle Scouts who have shown active participation in school, Scouting activities and community service.

Hall/McElwain Scholarship
$5,000 scholarships awarded on a regional basis to Eagle Scouts who have shown active participation in school, Scouting activities and community service.

Palmer Scholarship
Three $2,500 scholarships awarded to Eagle Scouts who have shown active participation in school, Scouting activities and community service.

Scouts can also find more scholarships from religious and civic organizations here. Most are for Eagle Scouts, but some are available to Venturers and Sea Scouts.

Adams award

The deadline for the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams national Eagle Scout service project of the year award has also been extended until Feb. 12. This award recognizes exceptional Eagle Scout projects. You can see some in the Scout Life Eagle Scout Project Showcase. National recipients of this award will receive $2,500, while regional recipients will get a $500 award.

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