Beyond Your Board of Review

Congratulations on achieving the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. You have just begun your life journey and with the skills and character you’ve developed in Scouting, you have a solid foundation to build upon. As a future leader, Eagle Scouts like you, are critical to preserving the fabric of our great nation.

The National Eagle Scout Association is proud to offer scholarships that can help you continue your educational adventure.

Timeline & Eligibility

Application Timeline

  • Eagle Board of Review Date: Must be on or before January 24, 2022.
  • Application Portal Open: December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022.
  • Application Must be Completed and Submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on January 31, 2022.
  • Announcement of Scholarship Awards: June 10, 2022.

—————-    NOTE ABOUT SAT/ACT SCORES    —————- 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult for some to take the SAT and/or ACT, minimum score requirements have been waived for the 2022 NESA scholarship application period. You may, however, enter a score as an optional entry on the application.


  • Eagle Scouts may apply for NESA scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school through their junior year in college.
  • Recipients may receive a NESA scholarship one time only.
  • NESA scholarships are available to Eagle Scouts attending four-year colleges or universities, vocational trade schools, and other approved programs.
  • NESA scholarships are not available to students attending any of the U.S. military academies.
  • NESA scholarships are not available to graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree.

2022-2023 Available Scholarships

For the 2022-2023 academic year, NESA will distribute 65 Eagle Scout scholarships

  • One national four-year $48,000 Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship
  • One four-year $16,000 Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship per national service territory (“NST”)
  • One $7,500 scholarship per NST
  • Two $3,500 scholarships per NST


Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship

  • The scholarships were established by Lawrence S. Cooke in memory of his late wife, Mabel Cooke.
  • Eagle Scout recipients must have shown academic performance, financial need, and active participation in school and Scouting activities.
  • One national recipient will be selected for a $48,000 Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship (up to $12,000 per year for four years).
  • Each of the 16 NSTs will award one $16,000 scholarship (up to $4,000 a year for four years).

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship

  • Funding for these scholarships is provided by endowments from the National Eagle Scout Association, as well as the Hansen & Mary Hall Scholarship Fund, the Lester S. McElwain Eagle Scholarship Endowment, and the Robert and Rebecca Palmer Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment.
  • Scholarships are awarded to Eagle Scouts who have shown active participation in school, Scouting activities, and community service, and who demonstrate they understand the fundamentals of service to community, service to Scouting and their character. They should also demonstrate that, if they have a financial need, what distinguishes their financial need from others.
  • Each of the 16 NSTs will award one $7,500 scholarship; and
  • Each of the 16 NSTs will award two $3,500 scholarships.
To apply for a NESA scholarship
  • You must be a NESA member to apply, but you will NOT need any BSA membership numbers or ID’s to update the application. Please do not contact NESA to confirm membership.
  • To start the application process, click on the “CLICK HERE TO APPLY” button below to get to the NESA scholarship portal. This is the only way applications will be accepted.
  • If it is your first time visiting the portal, click “New applicant” to begin the scholarship application process. (Other BSA IDs and passwords will not work; all new applicants must click “New applicant” to begin the process.)
  • Once your Portal account is created, you can begin filling out the application. You do not need to complete the application all at once; you can come back and make updates.
  • You will receive a link to access your application. Save this link to make any updates.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING: If you log into the  portal and do not see your scholarship application, most likely you did not use the link to access it. Please do not create a new application; log back in using the link provided.

Award Conditions

  • Awardee must be an active member of the National Eagle Scout Association for each award period.
  • Awardee will register, maintain, and provide NESA with proof of full-time status at his or her selected college/university during the life of the scholarship. Work co-op programs are not an acceptable means of meeting full-time-student status.
  • All funds will be paid directly to the awardee’s selected college/university for tuition, room, board, and books during the life of the scholarship, which is four consecutive years.
  • For four-year scholarships, awardees must attend a four-year college/university that is accredited by recognized accreditation agencies and that offers at least a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the course of study offered.
  • NESA will submit payment to the selected college/university upon receipt of an itemized bill and college transcript verifying the awardee’s full-time status. The scholarship is paid either in semester installments for the larger Cooke Scholarship awards, or as one-time payments at the discretion of NESA.
  • Awardee must maintain a GPA that places you in the upper third of your class.
  • Awardee must use scholarship in the academic year awarded. Scholarships may not be deferred.
  • Awardee will submit a short video report (2 to 4 minutes) to NESA at the beginning of the school year that shares the importance of the scholarship to your academic success.

Other Scholarships for Eagle Scouts

NESA has compiled a list of other scholarships that are available to Eagle Scouts from other institutions.
Feel free to contact NESA if you know of an additional scholarship available to Eagle Scouts that is not listed on the website.