National Eagle Scout Association
National EAgle Scout Association
Scholarship Windows Opens In...
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 and Eligibility
- Eagle Scouts must be a member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) to apply.
- Eagle Scouts may apply for NESA scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school through their junior year in an undergraduate program or by the halfway point of their associate degree program or skilled trade program.
- Recipients may receive a NESA scholarship one time only.
- NESA scholarships are available to Eagle Scouts currently enrolled in or accepted by an accredited educational institution as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) in a program leading to an academic degree (including associate degrees) or a skilled trade program.
- Cooke four-year scholarship awardees must be enrolled in an accredited four year college or university as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) in a program leading to a bachelors degree.
- 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.
Eagle Board of Review Date:
Must be on or before January 24, 2024.
Application Portal Open:
December 1, 2023, through January 31, 2024.
Application Must be Completed and Submitted
By 11:59 p.m. CST on January 31, 2024.
Announcement of Scholarship Awards:
June 10, 2024.
2023-2024 Available NESA Scholarships
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.
- One recipient will be selected for a four-year $48,000 Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship (up to $12,000 per year for four years).
- Four recipients will be selected for a four-year $25,000 Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship (up to $6,250 per year for four years).
- One recipient will be selected from each NST for a one-year $10,000 Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Scholarship.
- One recipient will be selected from each NST for a one-year $5,000 National Eagle Scout Association Endowment Scholarship.
- One recipient will be selected from each NST for a one-year $4,500 Hansen & Mary Hall Scholarship.
- One recipient will be selected from each NST for a one-year $3,500 Lester S. McElwain Eagle Scholarship, Robert and Rebecca Palmer Eagle Scout Scholarship, or National Eagle Scout Association Legacy Society Scholarship.
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.
- Once you have created an application, do not use this button to access the portal. It will create a new application.
- 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.
The National Eagle Scout Association is extremely grateful to our generous donors for establishing these endowments for Eagle Scouts.
- Lawrence S. and Mabel Cooke Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment
- Hansen & Mary Hall Scholarship Fund
- Lester S. McElwain Eagle Scholarship Endowment
- Robert and Rebecca Palmer Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment
- National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship Endowment
- National Eagle Scout Association Legacy Society Endowment