College isn’t cheap, but for more than 150 worthy Eagle Scouts, it’s about to get a lot more affordable.
The National Eagle Scout Association will award nearly $700,000 in scholarships to Eagle Scouts based on their academic performance, Scouting background, college plans and financial need.
The window for the latest round of National Eagle Scout Association scholarships opened Aug. 1, 2017.
It will close for good on Oct. 31, 2017.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail on July 15, 2018, and money will be disbursed to these deserving Eagle Scouts in fall 2018.
The scholarships are highly competitive. Less than 3 percent of the 5,000 expected applicants will receive a scholarship.
But if you are an Eagle Scout between your senior year of high school and junior year of college, you’ll want to apply and give yourself a chance at earning some cash for college.
All NESA scholarship applications must be submitted online. Paper copies from previous years are out of date and will not be accepted.
Applications must be submitted at this site.
Read on for more details, and be sure to consult this list of FAQs if you still have questions.
The available scholarships fall into two main categories, academic and merit.
- Academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance and financial need.
- Applicants must apply during their senior year in high school unless the Eagle Scout board of review is held after Oct. 31, 2017. In those cases, the applicant must apply between Aug. 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2018, even if he is already attending college.
- Eagle Scouts may apply for an academic scholarship one time only and must apply during the time frame defined above.
- All academic scholarship applicants must have a minimum 1800 SAT (or 1290 if taken after March 2016), or 28 ACT score to apply. A “super score” may be used to meet this requirement.
- All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association to receive a scholarship.
- Merit scholarships are awarded based on school and Scouting participation and community service.
- Eagle Scouts may apply for the NESA merit scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school and may continue applying every year up through their junior year in college.
- Applicants may win a NESA scholarship one time only. Previous NESA scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again.
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