Troop 55 Eagle Scout Scholarship
The Troop 55 Eagle Scout Scholarship awards
college scholarships of up to $1,000 to qualified Eagle Scouts
who demonstrate leadership and mentorship through their
continued involvement in Scouting. Eagles may apply beginning
their junior year of high school and re-apply until college
graduation. Each year the scholarship board awards at least one
$1,000 scholarship to recognize exemplary leadership and
continued involvement in Troop 55 and other Scouting programs.
The board may also choose to award additional scholarships at
the $250-$500 level to recognize noteworthy Eagle applicants for
their efforts to stay involved in Scouting.
The purpose of
the scholarship program is to recognize and promote
exceptional dedication to Troop 55 and Scouting by Eagle Scouts
after the achievement of the rank of Eagle. Eagle is the highest
rank a Boy Scout can achieve, and less than five percent of the
nearly 3 million scouts nationwide do so each year. However, too
many Eagles exit Scouting once they achieve its highest rank,
thus depriving the troop – and younger scouts in particular – of
their accumulated experience and leadership skills. By
encouraging Eagles to stay active, the scholarship strives to
enrich the troop with their presence and provide younger scouts
with mentorship and skills development, while also further
developing Eagles’ leadership skills. Eagle Scouts have many
demands on their time as they prepare for college, and the
distinction and financial benefits of the scholarship recognizes
Eagles who continue to devote themselves to Scouting. In doing
so, the scholarship program attempts to recognize early
potential for a lifetime involvement with Scouting.
- Primary winner (Gold level): A one-time award of $1,000
disbursed directly to the college the summer before the
- Secondary winner/s (Silver & Bronze levels): A one-time
award of $250 (bronze level) to $500 (silver level) will be
disbursed directly to the winner’s college before
- A letter will be mailed to any college and/or
institution of higher education where the recipient has
applied, notifying the admissions committee of the award and
its significance. Recipients are encouraged to list the
award on their college applications.
- Recipients’ names will go on a plaque that is displayed
in the scout room at St. John the Divine Church.
- Recipients will receive a scouting memento during a
Troop 55 Court of Honor in recognition of their
- An announcement will be made in the St. John’s Church
newspaper and Scoop 55
- Previous scholarship recipients and applicants are
encouraged to apply for the scholarship multiple times.
- If a high school junior is selected, his scholarship
award will be held in escrow until he matriculates to
- If a college does not allow for the direct payment of
tuition by a third party, the scholarship board will work
with the college and scholarship winner’s parents/guardians
on alternate arrangements.
- The Troop 55 Eagle Scout Scholarship fund is managed as
part of the endowment of St. John the Divine Episcopal
Church in Houston, Texas. Donations are tax deductible. The
scholarship board is deeply grateful to St. John the Divine
and especially the accounting staff for its generous
assistance in administering the scholarship program.
- Have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout
- Be considered a member of active standing of Troop 55 or
affiliated scouting group
- Be a part or full time student in high school or college
- Demonstrate Scout Spirit and high moral character
Applications are due on or before March 15 each year to be
eligible for the previous year’s award. Awards will be announced
no later than the final Eagle Court of Honor in the spring.
Application Essays & Letter of
- Describe your involvement in Troop 55 and/or Scouting
since achieving Eagle Scout and how you supported the
leadership goals of the Troop 55 and the Boy Scouts of
America. (minimum of 250
- Why was it important to you to continue your involvement
with Scouting after earning Eagle Scout? How do you feel
continued involvement in high school, college, and beyond
positively impacts our community?
(minimum of 400 words)
Letter of Recommendation
- Applicants are required to have a current or previous
adult scout leader write a letter of recommendation to the
board that speaks to the applicant’s involvement in and
impact on Troop 55 and/or Scouting after achieving Eagle and
attests to his Scout spirit and high moral character.
- Note: Adult scout leaders are not expected to write more
than one recommendation. To the greatest extent possible,
applicants should find a unique recommender.
|Application and Recommendation
Submit the application essays via the
instructions in this PDF or mail to:
Troop 55 Eagle Scout Scholarship
2328 North Blvd
Houston, TX 77098
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