Deadline for NESA scholarship applications is Jan. 31

Update (Feb. 1, 2012): The 2012 deadline has passed, but check back for info on the 2013 scholarships at the end of the year.

Know an Eagle Scout headed to college?

Then read on: Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for Eagle Scouts who are high school seniors to apply for a 2012 National Eagle Scout Association scholarship.

In all, 153 scholarships, each between $1,000 and $50,000, will be presented to worthy Eagle Scouts based on their Scouting record, school performance, and financial need.

Scholarships, paid directly to the school, cover “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.”

Before applying or sending an application to an Eagle Scout you know, read these requirements.

Applicants must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout having passed the board of review on or before January 31, 2012.
  • Apply during their senior year of high school.
  • Provide a high school grades transcript covering at least six semesters.
  • Have an SAT composite score of at least 1200 and/or an ACT composite score of 28.
  • Have demonstrated leadership ability in Scouting.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Scouter.

Click here for the official application (PDF). And good luck!

8 thoughts on “Deadline for NESA scholarship applications is Jan. 31

  1. I am disappointed that the scholarship is only for those with financial need. I am sure that there are many exemplary scouts that do not qualify for financial aid, and they should be considered for the scholarships as well. By the time my son is a senior he will have been an eagle for two years. My son will not qualify for financial aid, but as parents of 4 we cannot foot the bill to just any school. He will have to work and apply for merit based scholarships to pay his own way. I don’t have a problem with that, but scouts is supposed to eliminate all of those type of labels, and reward the scout’s hard work and dedication. Here is another example of an organization that he is fully dedicated to not even allowing him to apply for the reward/scholarship just because he happens to be part of the middle class.

    • I think you’re reading too much into the financial need aspect, Anonymous. I earned a $1,000 NESA scholarship before I entered college and come from a middle-class family as well.



  2. It’s too bad they limit applicants to HS seniors. My son graduated last June and attends college. He was born in November, so he recently turned 18. He finished his Eagle rank just before his 18th birthday while he was enrolled in college. He could certainly use the tuition help. It doesn’t seem fair to me.

  3. Jerry Manning:

    No. 3 on the application:

    Exception: Graduating high school seniors whose Eagle Scout board
    of review is held after the January 31, 2012, submission deadline must
    apply for the following year’s scholarship deadline even if the applicant
    is already attending college. Those recipients will be awarded scholarship
    monies retroactively for qualifying college semesters completed prior
    to scholarship selection. They may receive a scholarship one time only.

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