An honorable scout, the Eagle Scout, is held high in the world of scouting. An Eagle Scout in Scioto County, is no less, and they are being given an opportunity to help them when they move on to their college years.
The deadline for the 2018 Samuel Wilson Ware Eagle Scholarship is approaching. 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. 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.
“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”, explained Josh Howard, a member of the scholarship committee. During its short history, the Scholarship fund has awarded more than 50 scholarships totaling nearly $80,000 to Eagle Scouts in Scioto County,” Vicki Hatcher of the Ware Eagle Scout Scholarship committee, stated.
Hatcher wanted to get this out there so that those young men who were qualified, could get a chance at the scholarship, before the deadline. She said that in the past they have had three, four or even five winners from Scioto County. It is not the essential that one just graduated, as long as one is an Eagle Scout and going to college. This scholarship allows you, if you received it your freshman year of college, to apply your sophomore year, junior year, etc. This also applies, if you did not receive it your freshman year, you can apply again.
“Some boys have had that scholarship for all four years of their years in college,” said Hatcher. The amount also varies according how many apply and receive. They will be presenting the award at the fundraising dinner for business leaders at the Friends Center. Hatcher stated that she started it in 1981. She said this Leadership banquet is held sometime in April and the award recipients will be notified earlier and then announced there where they will be presented to the community.
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. The scholarship is 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 for years to come.
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 fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.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. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 7 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. More than two million Boy Scouts have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, 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.
To put this in perspective, according to a blog for the Boy Scout Adult Leaders, “Bryan on Scouting’, there are three of the United States Winter Olympic team members this year, that are Eagle Scouts. Taylor Morris, is competing in luge singles, Justin Krewson competing in luge doubles, and Chris Fogt who will compete in the four-man bobsled. This sustains the proof that the title of Eagle Scout is for life.
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. Previous recipients are eligible and encouraged to apply for the scholarship multiple times.
Applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on February 23, 2018. Scholarship applications and information can be attained at the local Simon Kenton Council Service Center located at 318 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth 740.354.2811.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928