VFW Scout of the year – Scholarship Opportunity
Greetings Montana Council Eagle Scouts, Summit and Sea Scout Quartermaster Award recipients:
I am the State of Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scouting Chairman,(this is not a Montana Council position but a VFW position), and I want to inform you of a great opportunity:
The VFW Scout of the Year.
Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America’s scouting organizations. In fact, VFW’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.
Through the VFW’s Scout of the Year program, members of the Boy Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000. No need to wait until the date line in March. Send applications as soon as possible. As the State VFW Scouting Chairman I am not part of the selection committee. A selection committee will be formed of other VFW state and Post officers.
Eligibility criteria can be found on the link below. But any Eagle Scout, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster award recipient, 15 yo and not yet 18 yo can apply. It doesn’t matter when you earned your Award: 2016, 2015,2014, 2013. (2017 scouts need to apply next year in 2018.)
How to apply?: Scouts should download and submit a completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to your local VFW Post no later than March 1. Use the attached list of Montana VFW Post. Contact the person on the list first to confirm the address. If they sound unfamiliar with the program, don’t worry. Have them contact Post 209 in Missoula, they are familiar with the program. We haven’t had much luck in the past with Scouts applying. Last year we had no applicants, the year before only 2. So, I urge you to apply. Don’t wait to the last minute .
Tony Higuera, Lt Col USAF (Ret)
Montana VFW Scouting Chairman