Scouts in the Garden State Council have the opportunity to apply for several scholarships to assist with their continued education. These opportunities are listed in order of annual deadline, from the student’s perspective (Fall Semester dates first). Click on each scholarship listed below for details. 

Eagle Scout Alumni Association Scholarship

The Eagle Alumni Committee of the Garden State Council awards an annual scholarship of $1,000 to an Eagle Scout who will be heading to college or a post‐high school technical school in the year the scholarship is awarded. Candidates must be an Eagle Scout, meaning all requirements have been met, and the Board of Review has approved the individual to be an Eagle Scout in the Garden State Council.

Scholarship candidates must also be graduating high school in the same year the scholarship is awarded. An Eagle Scout must submit the application, downloadable below, along with a 1,000 word essay on the topic “What does being an Eagle Scout mean to me?”

See the application for submission instructions. The annual deadline is December 31. For more information about the Garden State Council Eagle Alumni Association, visit their page on our website: https://www.gardenstatescouting.org/eagle-scout-alumni-association/

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) offers scholarships to member Eagles who are high school seniors and above, nationwide. The annual application window is December 1 through January 31. Visit their website for details.

Alpha Phi Omega Leaders of Service Scholarship

Annually, APO Eagle Alumni Association recognizes individuals who are Eagle Scouts and who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank.

Eagle Scouts may apply for NESA scholarships beginning in their senior year of high school. 

  • Eagle Board of Review Date must be on or before January 30.
  • Application Available: January 1.
  • Application Must be Completed and Submitted by April 30.
  • Announcement of Scholarship Awards: June 10.

Hovnanian Scholarship

In 1948, Jirair S. Hovnanian and his family came to the United States of America in search of the American Dream. Through years of hard work, dedication and adherence to a strict code of ethics and morals, Mr. Hovnanian and his family realized that dream.

As the founder of J. S. Hovnanian & Sons, one of South Jersey’s largest builders of quality new homes, Mr. Hovnanian felt a desire to give back to the community. In 1998, in celebration of his 50th-year as an American citizen, Mr. Hovnanian created the Hovnanian Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of this fund is to award scholarships to youth in pursuit of their American Dream. Applicants must be graduating from high school and be registered members of the Garden State Council, BSA. Interested youth are encouraged to determine their eligibility and complete the required application and essay.

The application and essay are to be submitted in writing to the Rowan Scout Training Center by the annual deadline of February 1. Recipients will be notified in advance. Checks will be presented to recipients at the annual Council Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

Click the button below to download the application and then email your completed documents to scoutexecutive @ gardenstatescouting.org.