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 and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.


Scouts should submit the completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to a local VFW Post no later than March 1.

Note: A Scout can enter through ONE VFW Post only.


Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, Sea Scout Ship or Girl Scout Troop who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Venture Summit Award, Sea Scout Quartermaster Award or Girl Scout Gold Award.

Scouts have no age limit but should have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community.

Scouts must be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.

(All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.)

Call your local VFW Post for more details.

Click for the National Scout of the Year Link


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