Scholarships

By achieving the rank of Eagle, you become eligible to receive financial assistance from many groups including: the Golden Gate Area Council, NESA, your educational institution, and community and religious organizations.  By no means is this a complete list of those opportunities  and research for additional offerings is highly encouraged.

Golden Gate Area Council NESA Scholarship

The Golden Gate Area Council NESA committee provides scholarships to those Eagles who are registered or earned their Eagle within the council.  Please check back to learn more about the scholarships.

NESA Scholarships

The National Eagle Scout Association offers scholarships to their active members.  Below is a list of their current offerings with details on how to apply.

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.

Other Scholarships

Many institutions offer financial assistance to Eagle Scouts that goes beyond the dollars NESA provides in its scholarship fund, please check with your institution’s financial aid office.  Outside of institutions many community and religious organizations provide their own financial assistance to Eagles.  Below is a list of a few, but it is highly encouraged to look for others.

American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year
The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Three runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each. Visit legion.org to learn more.

Scholarship News

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Deadlines extended for Eagle Scouts to apply for NESA scholarships

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.

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2021 American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

Nominations for the 2021 American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year award are now being accepted.  An applicant’s nomination packet must be received by their respective American Legion department headquarters no later than March 1, 2021. Award and application information is available at legion.org/scouting/nominate.  The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Three runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each.  Applicants that have questions or need additional information about their application, or the application process, should contact their respective American Legion department (state) headquarters. Contact information is online here.

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