DEPARTMENT OF OKLAHOMA VFW
SCOUT OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank. These three individuals receive VFW National Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for first place.
WHO CAN APPLY?
To be eligible for the award, the candidate must be the recipient of an Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. They must be a registered, active member of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or Sea Scout Ship. There is no minimum age requirement if they meet the eligibility criteria. The maximum age is 18 years old.
WHERE TO APPLY?
A scout can enter at any VFW Post in their area that is participating in the Scout of the Year Program. However, a scout may enter through only ONE VFW Post. A local VFW Post can be identified by ZIP code at www.vfw.org/findapost
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?
Deadline for Scouts to get their entries to a VFW Post is March 1st, 2022. Posts need to chose one candidate with full entry criteria to advance to the Department of Oklahoma VFW for Department judging by April 1st, 2022.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED?
Specific documentation required is listed in depth on the entry form, which can be downloaded here.
- The completed entry form, which is available HERE.
- 3" x 5" photograph of the Scout in correct, complete uniform for their current rank.
- Single page (one side only) resume of the Scout's school activities.
- Maximum of 3 pages (one side only each) listing all Scouting participation.
- Single page (one side only) resume listing participation in non-scouting community and religious service organizations.
- Letters of recommendation.
Scouts wishing to enter can contact their nearest VFW Post. If you have any problems contacting your Post, you can contact the Department of Oklahoma Chair John Fischer (contact information below).
Department of Oklahoma VFW Scouting Chair John H. Fischer
(Post 3608 Quartermaster)
Department of Oklahoma VFW Headquarters
P.O. box 1126
Oklahoma City, OK 73106