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Money for NESA scholarships up 165% since 2007

September 6, 2013

Graduating high schoolers can apply for 2014 NESA scholarships beginning Oct. 1, 2013, with a submission deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. Visit for applications and details. The number of NESA scholarships awarded jumped from 77 in 2007 to 218 in 2013. That’s an increase of 165 percent. In a sign of skyrocketing generosity from Scouting benefactors, the biggest year-to-year jump in scholarship numbers happened this year. 2007: 77 total scholarships awarded; 2008: 89 awarded; 2009: 109 awarded; 2010: 146 awarded; 2011: 148 awarded; 2012: 149 awarded; 2013: 218 awarded.

In just seven years, the total money given out to Eagle Scouts for scholarships has gone from almost a quarter-million dollars to well over a half-million dollars. In 2007, $224,000 in scholarships was awarded; this year, $594,500 will be awarded. That’s a jump of 165 percent in less than a decade. 2007: $224,000 given out; 2008: $270,000; 2009: $314,000; 2010: $391,000; 2011: $396,000; 2012: $446,000; 2013: $594,500. Once again, the biggest year-to-year increase was 2012 to 2013, a good sign that the future of NESA and Scouting as a whole is strong.

A big reason for the increase in the total amount of scholarships awarded is the introduction of the $25,000 United Health Foundation scholarship in 2010 and the $50,000 NESA STEM scholarship in 2012. That’s an impressive chunk of change and a great motivator for Eagle Scouts.

Be sure to circle Oct. 1, 2013, on your calendar. That’s when Eagle Scouts you know can begin applying for the next round of scholarships. Find more information about Eagle Scout Scholarship applications at

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