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The Young American Award

First presented in 1968, the award is given to a student age 19 through 25 to highlight publicly the importance of their excellent achievements and service to their community, state and nation. The local council office typically extends the application process in September to appropriate council units and community youth-serving organizations, which then submit nominations on behalf of their young adult constituents. Nominees may or may not be participants in Learning for Life or members of the BSA.

The council-level Young American Award consists of a plaque to be awarded at an appropriate council ceremony. The council can give as many as they choose of the council-level Young American Award plaques. The council then submits the one best application as their national award nominee.

The National Young American Award includes an unrestricted cash grant of $5,000, and is presented to five outstanding young Americans annually.

Sudent Qualifications

  • Age Requirement  - 19 through 25 when student applies for the award.
  • Accomplishments - have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the fields of art, athletics, business, community service, education, government, humanities, literature, math, music, religion, and science.
  • Service - have been involved in service in their community, state, or country that adds to the quality of life.
  • Scholars - have maintained an above-average scholastic grade point average. College freshmen provide high school transcript. College sophomores to graduate student provide college transcript.
  • Recommendations - provide with the application three to six letters of recommendation from your troop, post, crew, group, school, teacher, counselor, employer, minister, business leader, civic leader, or other community leaders.

Applications can be obtained from the Council Service Center or downloaded from this website. Completion of the application, along with the letters of recommendation, must be received by the Council Advancement and Recognition Committee no later than December 1.