VFW Scout of the Year and Scholarship Information

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has supported the Scouting programs for over 100 years.  This National higher education scholarship program is open to both Boy Scout and Girl Scout applicants who have achieved the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.  The applicant must also be a registered, active member of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship, and demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.  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.

WHAT IS THE SCOUT OF THE YEAR PROGRAM?
Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above
their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank. Awards are as follows:

$5,000 1st place National scholarship
$3,000 2nd place National scholarship
$1,000 3rd place National scholarship

AM I ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible for the award, the candidate must:

  • Be the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout
     Quartermaster Award.
  • Be a registered, active member of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship at the time the above reward was received.
  • Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.


Prior National Scout of the Year winners are ineligible. 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. A local Post can be identified by zip code at www.vfw.org/find-a-postExternal Link.

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES?

  •  Deadline for entry to VFW Post is March 1.
  •  One candidate with full entry criteria must be submitted by a VFW Post to the next level of judging by April 1. The VFW Department (state) Scouting chairman can provide this information.
  •  The Department winner must be selected and submitted by their Department(state) Scouting chairman to the VFW National Headquarters by May 1.

Scout of the Year Brochure

Here is more information about other VFW Scholarships for both middle school and high school students to apply for to help pay for college.  VFW Youth ScholarshipsExternal Link