VASSAR Eagle Scout
Recognition and Scholarship Program


            

For many years the SAR has recognized the many common bonds of purpose and principles shared by the SAR and the Boy Scouts of America.

Young men achieving the rank of Eagle Scout have demonstrated their belief in these common principles.  For this reason, the SAR believes that Eagle Scouts are deserving of special recognition for their dedication and accomplishment.

There are two elements to this recognition.  First, there is a recognition of all new Eagle Scouts.  This does not depend on any later decision by the new Eagle Scout about whether to compete for the scholarships available, or not.  It merely requires someone in the scout troop adult leadership to send a request for the SAR Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate.

 
Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate
 
SAR Embossed Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate.
 
     
 
Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate
 
 
SAR Engraved Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate.
 

The Virginia Society Eagle Scout Recognition Program is available to award or provide Certificates of Recognition to all Virginia Eagle Scouts, either annually or upon specific request, and usually in advance of an Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  Requests for certificates should be directed to the VASSAR Eagle Scout Programs Chairman at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Court of Honor ceremony.

The following info must be included in the request (preferably in a list format, in the same order as below - to facilitate processing):
  1. Eagle Scout's name as it should appear on the certificate;
  2. Date of the Court of Honor (if known);
  3. BSA Council & District;
  4. Troop Number;
  5. Troop Location (city & county);
  6. Sponsoring Organization;
  7. Adult Leader Position in the Troop of the person making the request;
  8. To whom, & the address, the certificate should be mailed; and,
  9. Local VASSAR chapter (if known).

Certificates are typically sent from a scout's local SAR Chapter; however, in some cases, they may be sent directly from the Virginia Society of the SAR.

[Note:  The above info on requesting a SAR Recognition Certificate is only for those scouts, & Scout Troops, that are located in the state of Virginia.  Those that are located in other states should contact the Eagle Scout Chairman for the SAR state society in their own state.  You can find that person by visiting the state contact page on the National Society site located at:   SAR Eagle Scout Webpage.]

National SAR Scholarship Competition.

The second element in our Eagle Scout Recognition Program is the annual competition for scholarships.  This portion of the program requires additional work from the new Eagle Scout.

Nationally there are three SAR organizational levels at which a new Eagle Scout might compete for additional recognition and/or monetary awards.  Entrants need to complete only one application -- the one for the chapter competition.  If it is a chapter winner, it is then submitted by the chapter for the state competition; and, if it is a winner again, it is then submitted by the state for the national competition.

The top National winner receives an $8,000 Scholarship award and is brought as a guest to the National SAR Congress, held in June or July each year, where the award is made and the Eagle Scout presents his essay to the assembly.

The National first runner-up receives a $4,000 award and the second runner-up $2,000, presented at State society meetings.

An Eagle Scout may apply more than one year, but no individual may be awarded more total dollars than the $8,000 First Place award.  For example, if an Eagle Scout applies one year and receives the National runner-up award of $4,000, and has not reached his 19th birthday in the following calendar year, he may apply the second year, but if he were the First Place winner, he would receive only an additional $4,000.

The Virginia Society Eagle Scout Scholarship Competition offers applicants opportunities to win awards at all three levels:  Chapter, State, and National.

To participate in the Eagle Scout Scholarship Program in Virginia, eligible Eagle Scouts must be sponsored by one of Virginia's VASSAR Chapters, unless sponsored by the Virginia Society, in the event no regional chapter representation exists.  Winners of chapter competitions will have the opportunity to compete for one of the three Virginia Society SAR Cash Scholarship Awards, ranging from $200 to $1000.  The application of the First Place Winner of the Virginia Competition will be forwarded to NSSAR for entry in the National Scholarship Competition.

Who may apply and deadlines for applications

Any Eagle Scout is eligible to apply who is still actively registered in a Scout unit provided that he does NOT reach his 19th birthday in the calendar year of application, whether he is enrolled in high school or college.  There is no limit to the number of times a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer may apply.  Prospective applicants should prepare for the Scholarship competition by earning the three recommended merit badges (American Heritage, Genealogy, & Law) and researching their ancestries while still Star or Life scouts.

This annual competition is conducted on a calendar year basis.  The deadline for submitting applications for the VASSAR state competition is the 31st of December each year.  The deadline for the chapter competition submissions in your area of residence is December 15th in order that your application may be reviewed and/or reformatted in time for the state submission deadline of December 31st.  Some chapters permit submission via e-mail.

REQUIRED ITEMS FOR APPLICATION

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1. Completed Application Form, signed by you and your parent/guardian.  Also, the BSA Unit Leader must sign the bottom of the 2nd page, certifying the accuracy of the facts as they relate to the scout's scouting record. (This requiires Microsoft Word or its equlivent to open)

2. The four generation Ancestry Chart.

[Note:  Both the Application Form and the Ancestry Chart are now fill-in and savable.]

3. Your original essay, not to exceed 500 words, written on an American Revolutionary Patriotic Theme, with footnotes and bibliography.   [click here for Theme Guidelines]

Webmaster's Note:  Applicants will need the following info for their application:

VASSAR State Eagle Chairman:

Lance Lyngar
8955 Jasmine Court
Manassas, VA  20110-4303
(703) 980-8759
lyngarl@verizon.net

[If the above link is used, the above won't be necessary.  It is already on the form.]

The chapter Eagle Scout Chairman info can be obtained from the chapter.

 ===> Good Luck!

[Note:  Scouts in states other than Virginia should visit the National Society, SAR Eagle Scout Webpage, to find their state SAR society website and/or their state contact.]

For more information, including chapter-specific program information for the Chapter nearest you, please contact one of the following Representatives of the Virginia Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Programs in your Council area:

Blue Ridge Mountains Area Council

Spurgeon Keith

5107 Hunting Hills Drive
Roanoke, VA  24018
Phone:  (540) 725-4321

Colonial Virginia Council

Bruce Meyer

15242 New Towne Haven Lane
Carrolloton, VA
Phone: (757) 238-9050

Heart of Virginia Council

Lowell Flickinger

134 Hollyberry Lane
Prince George, VA 23875-2504
Phone: (804) 862-3271

Sequoyah Council

Benny Reed

P.O. Box 55
Gate City, VA  24251
Phone: (276) 386-6197

Stonewall Jackson Area Council

Temporarily - Lance Lyngar

8955 Jasmine Court
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 980-8759

Buckskin Council

Chris Calo

2046 Lee Avenue
Bluefield, VA 24605
Phone: (276) 988-7883

Del-Mar-Va Council

William Waller, Jr.

3100 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach VA 23451
Phone: (757)217-2356

National Capital Area Council

Lance Lyngar

8955 Jasmine Court
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 980-8759

Shenandoah Area Council

Larry Liles

5224 Dixons Mill Road
Marshall, VA 20117-2703
Phone: (540) 364-2635

Tidewater Council

William Waller, Jr.

3100 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach VA 23451
Phone: (757)217-2356

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Last Updated:  August 23, 2014
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