Eagle Scholarship deadline approaching

By Portia Williams

January 3, 2014

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

The Samuel Wilson Ware Eagle Scholarship has provided funding to Eagle Scouts to pursue higher education since 2008. The deadline to apply for the 2014 scholarship is Feb. 21.

The Samuel Wilson Ware Eagle Scholarship was established in 2008 by the estate of the late Samuel Wilson Ware. The scholarship is available to all Eagle Scouts who are a high school graduate or graduating senior and resident of Scioto County, Ohio when attaining the Eagle rank.

Josh Howard, a member of the scholarship committee, said Ware left a great legacy for future Scouts.

“Mr. Ware left a legacy to benefit the Eagle Scouts in his community with the hopes of encouraging them to continue their education and their involvement and leadership in the Scouting program,” he said.

According to Howard, the general scholarship provides assistance for students attending any college/university that is accredited by recognized accreditation agencies and offers a bachelor’s degree or associates degree upon completion of the course of study offered.

A 1943 graduate of Portsmouth High School, Ware attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1941. He accredited this achievement to his future success in life and the scholarship in his memory is a means of giving back what was given to him through the Boy Scout program. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program. Those who attain this rank are called an Eagle Scout or Eagle.

The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase, “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” The award is a performance based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Only about seven percent of all Boy Scouts who join a troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. More than two million Boy Scouts have earned the rank since 1912.

Howard said the goals of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.

The Samuel Wilson Ware Scholarship offers scholarships annually which vary in size and are based on the Eagle Scout’s community and unit involvement, leadership abilities, financial need and academic achievement. During its short history, the Scholarship fund has awarded 27 scholarships totaling nearly $40,000 to Eagle Scouts in Scioto County.

Previous recipients are eligible and encouraged to apply for the scholarship multiple times. Applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on Feb. 21, 2014.

Scholarship applications are available at the local Simon Kenton Council Service Center. located at 318 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, from local Scout troops, or online at www.skcscouts.org.

For more information on the scholarship, or the Boy Scout program, contact the local Simon Kenton Council Service Center at 740-354-2811.

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