Scout of the Year
Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Gold or Silver Award recipients and and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the exceptional qualities of that rank. Awards are as follows:
- $5,000 1st place scholarship
- $3,000 2nd place scholarship
Ø $1,000 3rd place scholarship
To be eligible for the award, the candidate must:
- Be a registered, active member of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.
- Be the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scouts Gold Award, Venture Gold or Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
- Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.
- Have reached his or her 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.
Applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified. A Scout may enter through only one VFW Post.
Deadline for entries:
March 1 — Entry to the Post.
April 1 — Submission to Department Scouting Team member from Post.
May 1 — Submission to national organization from Department Scouting Team member.
Candidate entry forms are available from your VFW Department Scouting Team member, by visiting
http://www.vfw.org/Community/Scout-of-the-Year-Scholarship/, by calling 816-756-3390 ext 220, or by emailing email@example.com
- Photograph of the Scout – in correct, complete uniform for their current rank.
- High School Participation Record — a single page, one side resume of the candidate’s high school activities indicating academic achievement, offices held, honors received and significant participation in other activities.
- Scouting Record — maximum of three pages,
one side only, listing of all Scouting participation beginning with Cub Scouts/Brownies – years of participation, unit numbers and sponsors. Also include when Eagle, Gold, Silver or Quartermaster Award was received and Palms. Identify leadership positions held at all levels, participation in Scouting activities (jamborees, Order of the Arrow conferences, etc.) and the candidate’s Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Gold Award,
Venture Gold or Silver or Sea Scout Quartermaster Project.
- Community Service Record — a single page, one side resume listing participation in community and religious service organizations (excluding Scouting and school), noting leadership positions held and any recognition received.
- Letters of Recommendation — A maximum of five letters, two pages each max will be judged. The five letters must include one each from a school, community and a Scout leader. The two additional letters should be from members of the local community who have special knowledge of the candidate’s abilities/accomplishments.
The VFW`s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America includes the sponsoring of more than 1200 Scouting units with 40 members across the nation. each year a scout is recognized as The VFW “Scout of the Year”, and receives a $10,000.00 scholarship.
The VFW`s Safety program encourages VFW posts and Auxiliaries to conduct in home, auto, and bicycle safety, as well as programs dealing with drug awareness and substance abuse.