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MAR: 2017 VFW Scout of the Year Program

Did you know, that 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 the rank? Awards are as follows:

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

To be eligible for the award candidates must:

  • Be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or Sea Scout Ship.
  • Be a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scouts Gold Award, Venturing Summit Award, of Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
  • Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting, and community.
  • Have reached his or her 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.
    • Applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.

All applicants must turn entry forms in by MARCH 1, 2017, to their local VFW Post.

Applicants must complete the application (see below) and submit with following documentation:

VFW Scout of the Year Program Application


Photograph of the Scout — Must be Attached to Scout of the Year Program Application. The Scout must appear in correct, complete uniform for their current rank. Recommended size 3" x 5" . 

High School Participation Record — a single page, one sided resume of the candidate’s high school activities indicating academic achievements, offices held, honors received and significant participation in other activities.

Scouting Record — maximum of three pages, one side only, listing of all Scouting participation beginning with Cub Scouts or Brownies - years of participation, unit numbers and sponsors. Also include when Eagle, Summit or Quartermaster Award was received and include Palms earned. Identify leadership positions held at all levels, participation in Scouting activities (jamborees, Order of the Arrow conferences, etc.) and the candidate’s Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster project.

Community Service Record — a single page, one sided resume listing participation in community and religious service organizations (excluding Scouting and school), noting leadership positions held and any recognition received.

Letters of Recommendation — a maximum of five letters, two pages each will be judged. The five letters must include one from a school, a community member and a Scout leader. The two additional letters should be from members of the local community who have special knowledge of the candidate’s abilities/accomplishments.

Completed Entry Form – submitted to a local VFW Post. Local Posts can be identified by zip code at www.vfw.orgExternal Link.


If you have questions or want more information please contact: Kris Harmer at (816) 756-3390 or emailed to

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