Hiram College, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America, recently announced a new scholarship that recognizes high achievement and college match. As part of the agreement, up to five exemplary Eagle Scouts will be selected by the Boy Scouts of America and awarded the scholarship, worth 50 percent of tuition and mandatory fees in the traditional college program, beginning fall 2019.

“We are honored to announce our partnership with Hiram College and the new Eagle Scout Scholarship,” said Marc Ryan, Scout Executive/CEO, Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America. “The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achievement in the Scouts BSA program with only about six percent of Scouts attaining it. Eagle Scouts must value perseverance, discipline, leadership, accountability, and achievement to succeed. These values build character in a young person that is sought after and needed in today’s world and communities.”

Hiram College has long been committed to educational excellence, helping students develop a 21st-century skill set and mindset that will allow them to thrive in personal lives where societal changes are constant and complex. Sherman Dean II, director of admission at Hiram College, believes that the core values Eagle Scouts develop closely align with that the College.

“Hiram College is excited to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council, on the new Eagle Scout Scholarship,” said Dean. “We look forward to providing these exceptional Eagle Scouts with an equally exceptional educational opportunity that will allow them to continue development of the qualities they have already established.”

To qualify for the scholarship, eligible students must be admitted to Hiram College and carry a GPA of 2.8 or above with an ACT score of 18 or higher. To retain the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, give 10 hours of service to Scouting each of the four years, and remain active in good standing at the College. This award cannot be combined with other Hiram merit-based awards. If a recipient should qualify for a merit-based scholarship at Hiram, the student will be award the one of the highest value.

by Jenelle Bayus