Reaching ones educational goals can be challenging because of the financial burden trade schools, college, and field study opportunities bring. Scholarships are great opportunities. Fortunately, the National Eagle Scout Association is dedicated to seeing Eagle Scouts achieve their vocational goals by funding scholarships. A one million dollar donation from William P. Clements Jr established the National Eagle Scout Association scholarship Fund in 1984. Here is some need-to-know information on eligibility and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.





Dates to Remember

The National Eagle Scout Association scholarship deadline is fast approaching.

  • Submit application online by October 31, 2018
  • Scholarship recipients will be informed by mail on July 15, 2019
  • Scholarship funds will be distributed during the Fall of 2019


Applicants should be in their senior year of high school and have completed their board of review to apply. If the board of review is after October 31, the Eagle Scout can apply for the scholarship the following year. 

All applicants must have a score of 1800 on the SAT or above (or 1290 if taken after March 2016) or 28 ACT score.

You have to be a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and an Eagle Scout to receive the scholarship. Although, Eagle Scouts may still apply for the scholarship before becoming a member of NESA.

If you don’t meet the requirements, check out these other scholarship options available to Eagle Scouts.

Types of Scholarships Available

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Merit Scholarships
  • Field Study Scholarships

Scholarship Award Amounts

The type of scholarship you apply for determines how much funds you are eligible for.

money for scholarship

The academic scholarships have three different awards for Eagle Scouts. The first is $25,000 scholarships, another is a $48,000 scholarship, and the STEM scholarship is $50,000. 

The merit scholarships depend on the type. The Bailey scholarships are between $2,000 and $4,000, the Robert and Rebeca Palmer scholarships award $2,500, and Hall/McElwain scholarships $5,000. 

For the field study scholarships, the awards vary. The money awarded would cover most of the costs such as travel, lodging, and registration for select NESA Explorer field research trips.

If there are further questions, visit this FAQ list.

is a Westminster College graduate who majored in communication and minored in environmental studies. She is currently a Marketing Associate at the Utah National Parks Council. She loves to travel and get outside as often as she can. Growing up overseas on military bases she fulfilled her desires to travel to many different countries. After high school, she returned stateside to pursue her passion for the environment and acquire her Bachelor's degree.

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    David Nadolny says:

    I thought all applicants would be notified by email on July 15? Has there been a delay?

    Yours in Scouting!


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