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Universities, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations provide scholarship funds to students entering or continuing in higher education programs across the country. They are different from grants in that they are primarily merit-based, as opposed to need-based, and loans in that they do not have to be repaid. This page provides a listing of some of the scholarship opportunities catering to Scouts, both by design (as per the National Eagle Scout Association - NESA programs) and through selection criteria focusing on community involvement, leadership, and academic merit (as per the Boettcher).

The Federal Student Aid website has some helpful information about applying to scholarships and federal grant programs

While this listing is not complete, it should hopefully serve as a good introduction to the opportunities that are available to help you pay for your education. The best thing to remember is that there are a wide variety of scholarships available and the more research you do into the opportunities that fit your educational plans and personal history the more likely you are to find assistance in financing your higher education.

Peaceful Valley Madden Scholarship RecipientsThe John and Marjorie Madden Merit Scholarship

The John and Marjorie Madden Merit Scholarship was established by John and Marjorie Madden to ensure the highest quality and continuity of staff members for the Denver Area Council camps. The scholarship is awarded annually to selected Boy Scouts of America registered members of camp staff who meet all the requirements. Merit-based consideration is given for camp service, community involvement, demonstrated academic ability, creativity of service, leadership opportunities and personal initiative.

Applicants must be employed as a Denver Area Council camp staff member (Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch or Tahosa High Adventure Base) for at least two (2) summers, one of which must be the summer immediately preceeding application. Scholars are required to work each summer during their scholarship. Both applicants and Scholars must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.85 or greater and Scholars are required to perform 20 hours of community service outside of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Guidelines & General Information explain the requirements. In addition, checklists are available to assist in making sure all documents are submitted.

To apply for the John and Marjorie Madden Merit Scholarship, complete the Application Packet submit it to the Denver Area Council, Madden Committee by Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Interviews for applicants that meet all the requirements will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Madden Merit Scholarship New Applicant Forms

Madden Merit Scholarship Continuing Scholar Forms

For further information or if you have questions, please call 720.266.2143.

2018 Qualifying Bonus Management Positions

As per the revised Guidelines and General Information that was sent out to all Scholars in October, there are changes in the positions that will qualify for the additional bonus of $1,000 per year. These positions will need to be applied for, are competitive in nature and are not guaranteed. These positions and bonuses are not retroactive.

2018 Qualifying Management Positions

PV Ranch Director
TH Camp Director
TH and PV Program Directors
PV Assistant Ranch Director
PV Business Manager
PV Shooting Sports Director
PV Aquatics Director
PV Aquatics Supervisor
PV and TH Assistant Rangers
PV Ranchwide CIT Director

Positions that may have qualified in the past but do not qualify now

PV or TH Assistant Program Directors
TH Shooting Sports Director
Magness Shooting Sporting Director
TH Aquatics Director
PV Camp Specific CIT Director
PV Trading Post Manager
Magness Shelter Directors
Dietler Mining District Coordinators

For more information, please contact the Kevin J. Fox, Camping Director at 720.266.2106.

Scholarships for Scouts

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has several scholarships for Eagle Scouts varying in amount from $61,000 to $50,000. Their Academic Scholarships have the higher award amounts, but can only be applied for by graduating high school seniors and entering college the year that they apply for the scholarship, while their Merit Scholarships provide $1,000 awards to entering or continuing undergraduate students.

The American Legion sponsors a scholarship for the Eagle Scout of the Year, which provides one $10,000 award and three $2,500 awards. They also oversee several other scholarship opportunities not directly related to Scouting.

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting offers scholarships to Eagle Scouts who meet the eligibility requirements. More information is available here.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars administer a scholarship with three awards, for $1,000, $3,000, and $5,000. This contest is open to Eagle Scouts still in high school, as well as members of several other scouting organizations.

Other Scholarships

The Boettcher Scholarship awards 40 full-ride scholarships to Colorado high school students that are good at any 4-year program in the state of Colorado. The selection committee looks for applicants with superior academic achievement, leadership ability, community involvement, and outstanding character.

The Daniels Fund Scholarship Program provides 250 scholarships to high school students graduating from a school in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming, that cover up to the full cost of attendance at any bachelor’s granting program in the country. The selection committee looks for academic promise, community service, leadership ability, and character. 

The Denver Foundation oversees a number of scholarships for which Colorado students can apply.

By agreeing to serve in the armed forces after graduation, ROTC provides scholarships to many 4-year universities throughout the country that cover up to the cost of attendance and provide a monthly living allowance.

The Horatio Alger Colorado Scholarship awards nine $5,000 scholarships to Colorado high school students towards the cost of education at any 4-year college or university in the country. They look for students with academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need.

The Ostrander Scholar Society provides college scholarships to Eagle Scouts who are active in Order of the Arrow.

Institutional Scholarships

Colleges and Universities oversee scholarship programs for their entering and continuing students. These scholarships generally go to students with high academic achievement as measured by SAT and ACT scores, class rank, and GPA, as well as to students with histories of community involvement and leadership. Some scholarships require a separate application, which could be a standard institution application for some or all available scholarships, or a separate application for each specific scholarship, while others consider all admitted students automatically. This aid can be overseen by the university at large, the college (for example, the college of arts and sciences, or the school of education), or the department (i.e. English, History, etc.) The schools listed below are all located within the state of Colorado, but most schools have similar programs and give scholarship and grant aid to their students, which can be found by checking their financial aid site or contacting someone in the financial aid office. The important thing to keep in mind is that you should not be dissuaded from applying to a school because of the sticker price, as this can often be much higher than the amount your family will be expected to contribute.

Military Academies

The United States Military Academies provide full tuition support and a stipend to all admitted students in exchange for a commitment to serve as an officer after graduation. Admission is very competitive, and the application is extensive. They look for applicants that are unmarried United States citizens between the ages of 17 and 23 with good moral character and high leadership, academic, and physical abilities. The links provided below direct you to the admissions website at each school.