Beyond Your Board of Review

A New Trail, A New Adventure​.

NESA helps Eagle Scouts as they move on to the next stage of life​.

Education is a valuable tool for a young man regardless of what kind of career he chooses. Yet, finances can be a big hurdle in attaining the necessary knowledge for one’s future vocation.

Fortunately, NESA assists Eagle Scouts with their educational pursuits whether it be at a four-year university, vocational trade school or field study opportunities.

If you are an Eagle Scout and you are looking for funds for post-secondary education, you have come to the right place.

Overview | How to apply | Frequently asked questions | Other scholarships for Eagle Scouts | Previous year’s recipients

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Beginning with a donation of $1 million in 1984, former Texas governor, William P. Clements Jr., established the Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund. At its inception, the gift funded $90,000 in scholarships.

More recently, the fund has grown to award $690,000 in scholarships. (That is a slight increase from 2015-2016 where NESA awarded $665,000 in scholarships.)

Growth in the Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund can be attributed to NESA membership fees as well as generous donations.

Growth in the Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund can be attributed to NESA membership fees as well as generous donations.

Three types of Eagle Scout scholarships

There are three types of Eagle Scholarships: academic, merit, and field study.​

The scholarship window for all scholarships is August 1st through October 31st
(ending at midnight Central Standard Time).

Type 1: Academic scholarships

  • Academic scholarships weigh academic performance, school and Scouting participation, and financial need.
  • Academic scholarships include a range of scholarships, up to four $25,000 scholarships (payable at $6,250 per year for four years) one $48,000 scholarship (payable at up to $12,000 per year for four years) and a $50,000 STEM scholarship for an Eagle Scout planning to major in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.


  • Score a minimum 1290 SAT or an ACT score of at least 28.
  • Must apply during senior year of high school. (Exception: Scouts whose Eagle Scout boards of review were held after October 31 of their senior year may apply during the next scholarship cycle in the following year – even though they may be in college by this time.
  • Winners may receive an academic scholarship one time only.

Academic scholarship recipients are announced to all applicants by email by July 15

Type 2: Merit scholarships

  • Merit scholarships weigh academic performance, school and Scouting participation, and community service.
  • These awards cover the $2,000 and $4,000 Bailey scholarships, the $2,500 Robert and Rebeca Palmer scholarships, and the $5,000 Hall/McElwain scholarships.
  • This also includes the Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year.


  • Winners may receive a merit scholarship one time only.
  • Applicants may apply multiple times (except for the Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year) beginning as a graduating high school senior through junior year of college or with one year remaining at a vocational trade school in each scholarship window.

Merit scholarship recipients are announced to all applicants by email by July 15

Type 3: NESA World Explorer

  • A field study scholarships that weighs academic performance, school participation, community involvement, and passion for respective field study experience.
  • These awards vary by opportunity, but cover majority of costs such as travel, lodging, and registration for select NESA World Explorer field research trips.
  • NESA World Explorer field research trips are conducted around the globe over the course of 1 – 2 weeks.


  • Winners may receive a field study scholarship one time only
  • Applicants may apply multiple times for multiple opportunities from 18 years old to 35 years of age in each scholarship window.

NESA World Explorer scholarship recipients are announced to all applicants by email by March 15

How to apply

Step 1: Be a current NESA member

If you are not a current NESA member, join or renew.

After you join or renew, your membership is AUTOMATICALLY applied, and you are IMMEDIATELY eligible to apply for NESA scholarships.

You DO NOT have to wait for NESA credentials or username/password to begin OR complete the scholarship process.

If you became a NESA member in the past, but do not know if your membership is current, email

We will respond within 72 hours depending on the day the email was received.


Step 2: Review scholarship opportunities

Step 3: Create your NESA Scholarship account

Create your NESA Scholarship Account.

Step 4: Sign in and complete NESA scholarship application

Start or continue your application in the current scholarship window.

Only one scholarship application is necessary to fill out for Academic and Merit scholarship opportunities per year.

Fields of Study are handled separately. The application can be found by clicking here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have compiled our most frequently asked questions regarding scholarships since the Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund’s inception. If you have a question, it is more than likely it has been asked before in the past.

If you have a question, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting the NESA office.

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.