New Jersey Society Sons of the American Revolution: Eagle Scout Scholarships

Dennis Kohl, Scout Executive & CEO

Patriots Path Council, BSA

1 Saddle Road

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

 

Dear Mr. Kohl:

 

We are writing to you seeking your help in promoting two Eagle Scout programs provided by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Both of us are Eagle Scouts, and hold State Officers in the New Jersey SAR (NJSAR). For years the SAR has recognized the many common bonds of purpose and principles of the SAR and the Boy Scouts of America. The SAR and Boy Scouts participate in many activities together. Scouts of all ages help with SAR parades and ceremonies including grave markings and Revolutionary War battle remembrances. SAR members contribute to Scouting activities by teaching relevant merit badges such as Genealogy, Law, and the various Citizenship merit badges.

Young men who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout have demonstrated their beliefs in the common principles between the two organizations. For this reason, the SAR believes that Eagle Scouts deserve special recognition for their accomplishment and dedication. The first of the SAR recognitions is a Certificate that can either be presented at the Court of Honor, or if that is not possible then it can be mailed to the Eagle Scout. The process for receiving this Certificate is very simple and can easily be included in your Eagle Scout information. The process starts by notifying Mr. Schmitz via email at least 6 weeks in advance of the Court of Honor of the time date and location. He will try to arrange for a SAR member to be at the Court of Honor to present the Certificate. If that is not possible then he will send the Certificate to the Eagle Scout.

The second SAR recognition is a nationwide Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded on a State and National level. The SAR of New Jersey awards a $1,000 Scholarship and an Eagle Scout trophy to the State winner, who is then automatically entered in the National competition. The National award is $10,000 for the winner. The runner-up is awarded $6,000, and the 2nd runner-up received $4,000. The Eagle Scout scholarship is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered with an active unit and have not yet reached their 19h birthday during the year of application. The application year is defined as January 1st through December 31st. An Eagle Scout may apply more than one year if they meet the age and unit requirements, but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. The Scholarship application can be found at www.SAR.org. Applicants need to submit the application form signed by themselves and parent or guardian, a four generation ancestry chart (Family Tree), and an original essay on a patriotic theme of not more than 500 words. In New Jersey, the Application and supporting documents must be submitted by December 31st for the next years Scholarship. Interested Eagle Scouts can contact Mr. Schmitz with questions. Hopefully information about this Scholarship opportunity for all Eagle Scouts can be included in your Eagle Scout packages and on your Council’s web site.

The reason we are seeking your help promoting the Scholarship program is because in 2017 we received only 5 applications for the Scholarship. In 2017, the Boy Scouts awarded approximately 1,500 Eagle Scout badges in the State of New Jersey. As you can see the participation rate for the Scholarship program is extremely low. In order to attempt to raide the participation rate, the NJSAR raised its award from $500 to $1,000. We also believe if the local Councils will promote the Scholarship program we will see an increased participation rate.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with Mr. Schmitz, please contact him using the information below.

 

William F Schmitz

NJSAR Eagle Scout Chairman

wfschmitz@yahoo.com

 

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