Glenn and Melinda Adams Service Project of the Year Award

The  National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (ESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, school, community or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project. 

Examples of projects that have been selected for the ESSPY include projects that benefited underprivileged children, recognized veterans, were international in nature, and have required significant time and resources. 

Selection of recipients begins at the local level and is conducted through the Council NESA committee. The Council NESA committee selects a recipient for their respective Council from the list of submitted nominations and then forwards a worthy candidate to the  National Eagle Scout Association for National Service Territory consideration. 

“Territory” ESSPY recipients are selected by each Council’s territory NESA scholarship committee. Territory recipients receive $300 available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or activity.  

The recipient of the national award is then selected from among territory recipients by a special selection committee of the  National Eagle Scout Association. National recipients receive $3,500, available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or activity.

Glenn and Melinda

Through this award, Melinda and I wanted to shine a spotlight on the incredible work Eagle Scout candidates are doing in service to others.

Glenn Adams
Distinguished Eagle Scout and Past President of the National Eagle Scout Association

Nominations for the Award

  • An Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit Eagle Scout service projects for consideration. 
  • The Eagle Scout must have passed their Eagle Board of Review between January 1- December 31. 
  • On or before January 31 the nomination must be submitted to the NESA committee of the council in which the service project was completed. 
  • Example: An Eagle Scout who completed an Eagle Board of Review in 2021, must have their nomination in by January 31, 2022. 
  • On or before February 28, the Council must submit the winning Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook and Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Nomination Form –including attachments – to the National Eagle Scout Association by sending an email to

Evaluation Criterion

  • Project planning required
  • Effort to develop the project, taking into account challenges overcome by the Scout such as disability or limited financial capacity for the Scout/Scout family
  • Extent and character of leadership provided by the Scout
  • Extent of achievement of the planned result, including changes or modifications required to complete the project
  • Project’s impact on the beneficiary and/or on the community at large
  • Did the project create a “leverage opportunity” where it inspires others to expand the scope of the project
  • Originality of the project
  • Scope of the work
  • Time and materials contributed
  • Level of skill employed to complete the project


Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year nomination form

Supply Item Description and Uniform Placement

Certificate; Service Project of the Year device worn on Eagle Scout knot (Bronze – Council; Gold – Territory; Silver – National). 

Supply/bin item no.

Certificate (provided by NESA), Knot device (provided by NESA) 

Contact the National Eagle Scout Associationfor additional information.