National Eagle Scout Association scholarships


Eagle Scouts who are graduating high school seniors and will attend an accredited college or university that awards at least a bachelor’s degree may qualify for a scholarship awarded by the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).

Candidates must have received the Eagle Scout Award before applying, demonstrated leadership ability in Scouting and strong participation in activities outside Scouting, and achieved an SAT and/or ACT score acceptable by the standards set by the review committee. All applicants must provide one signed recommendation letter from a volunteer or professional Scout leader who knows them personally.

Available scholarships include:

  •  Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Scholarships (Form 58-702C)—one $48,000 scholarship (up to $12,000 per year) and four $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 a year for four years). Applicants must demonstrate academic aptitude as well as financial need.
  •  National Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund (Form 58-702C)—Scholarships provided vary each year, depending on the funds available.
  •  Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarships (Form 58-714B)—Based on merit, these are open to high school seniors and undergraduate students through their junior year in college. The number of scholarships available varies annually depending on funds available.

Applications will be available on the NESA Web site at; at local Scout council service centers; or from NESA, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln., P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on Jan. 31, 2008.

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