The American Legion Department of Missouri Boy Scouts Committee announced that the Eagle Scout of the Year program for 2018 is underway. The program at the national level grants the winner a $10,000 college scholarship and three other Eagle Scouts each receive a $2,500 college scholarship. The Eagle Scout who wins the competition from Missouri will receive a $750 college scholarship.

Prospective nominees must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion Post or Auxiliary Unit or be a registered, active member of a duly chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team or Venturing Crew, and be the son or grandson of a Legionnaire or Auxiliary member. He must have received the Eagle Scout award; be an active member of his religious institution and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religion emblem; have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting and community; and have reached his 15th birthday; and be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.

Eagle Scouts still in high school who reached their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.

Applications for the Eagle Scout of the Year can be obtained in Missouri from your local Boy Scout Council or your local American Legion Post. The form must be submitted to the American Legion Department of Missouri, P.O. Box 179, Jefferson City, MO 65109, no later than Feb. 15, 2018.