Each year, the National Eagle Scout Association hands out 150 college scholarships to high school seniors. On a national level, there are two types of National Eagle Scout scholarships: academic and merit. The NESA hands out a specific number of both types each year. The academic scholarships range in size from $3,000 to $48,000. The majority of them are of course in the former group, and these are accompanied by four Lawrence S. Cook $20,000 scholarships and one Lawrence S. Cook $48,000 scholarship. These funds are paid out over four years, so the largest is worth $12,000 annually. The Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship is worth $1,000 and given to a number of students each year.
Potential scholarships winners are nominated by people working for the NESA in the four main regions of the country. These students may then submit an application to receive a scholarship, but this certainly no guarantee they will win one. Actually, only 150 of 5,000 applicants received scholarships last year. There are plans to increase the funding for the scholarships, but no matter what, they will be awarded to the best of the best.
To be eligible to receive a National Eagle Scout academic scholarship, a student must be a high school senior and attend college in the year in which he applies for the scholarship. The only exception is if a scout's Eagles Scout boards of review conflict with their freshman year of college so they have to attend at a later date. As long as a student is planning to attend college as soon as possible, he is eligible to receive a scholarship.
The Hall/McElwain Merit Scholarship is available to current college students as well as high school seniors. Students who are Eagle Scouts and have completed no more than three years of undergraduate work are eligible. All scholarships are awarded one time only.