Scholarships

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.

2017 Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Scholarship Information

The Eagle Alumni Committee of the Cradle of Liberty Council is pleased to announce that at least $4,000 in Scholarships will be awarded in 2017 to Eagle Scouts who will be heading to college or a post-high school technical school in the fall of 2017.

Candidates must be an Eagle Scout, meaning all requirements have been met, and the Board of Review has approved the individual to be an Eagle Scout. Candidates must be graduating high school in 2017.

An Eagle Scout can apply for this scholarship himself, or his Unit Leader can nominate him. In both cases, the information below must be filled out, and returned to the Firestone Scouting Resource Center by noon on March 31, 2017. A parent cannot be the Unit Leader making a nomination.

 

To Download a copy of the scholarship nomination form, Click Here

 

Any questions about the process can be directed to John Bickel at (484) 654-9244 or john.bickel@scouting.org

 

The Scholarships will be presented at the Eagle Recognition Dinner in the Spring. Those chosen to receive a scholarship will be notified in late April.

Mervin Sluizer, Jr. Scholarship Fund

The Mervin Sluizer, Jr. Scholarship Fund was created in 1992 by alumni of Philadelphia Troop 185, Boy Scouts of America, for the purpose of helping worthy scouts pursue higher education. This is a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 which may be re-applied for each year throughout the applicant’s higher education. Scholarship recipients will be selected from active Scouts who meet the criteria below. The fund is administered by The Philadelphia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The award will be made to the educational institution according to the regulations of The Philadelphia Foundation. Any tax consequences are solely the responsibility of the Scholarship recipient.

Eligibility

  • Have been active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least 5 years, and must be currently active at the time of application.
  • Have attained the rank of Eagle.
  • Have demonstrated responsible leadership as a Scout for a period of at least one year.
  • Exemplify the ideals of Scouting in his life and by his activities. (Please have this point elaborated on in your letters of recommendation.)
  • Be at least in his last year of high school at the time of application.
  • Reside in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania or Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey

 

Two $1,000 one-year scholarships

 

Deadline: April 3rd, 2017

 

The application can be found HERE or you may direct potential applicants to our website at www.philafound.org to search under available scholarships.

National Eagle Scout Association

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.

Sons of the American Revolution

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.

For information on the Philadelphia Continental Chapter, click here

American Legion

The American Legion honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention with a $10,000 scholarship. The three runners-up get $2,500. Further information is available from department adjutants, the Americanism and Children & Youth Division, or on the application.

National Catholic Committee on Scouting

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.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

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.

National Jewish Committee on Scouting

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 Scholarships

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.

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