The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting offers up to two $1000 scholarships each year. We select applicants who best demonstrate love of God and the Orthodox Christian Faith through service, scholarship, leadership, and practical citizenship in their church, school, Scouting unit, and community. Scholarships are contingent upon acceptance to an accredited four-year college or university.
Be a registered active member of an EOCS-recognized Scouting program: Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts), Venturing, Exploring; Girl Scouts of the USA, Trail Life USA, American Heritage Girls, and Camp Fire.
Be a communicant in an Eastern Orthodox Christian Church recognized by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA: Albanian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, Bulgarian Orthodox, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox, Georgian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Romanian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox (Moscow Patriarchate), Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), Serbian Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox.
Have earned the highest award of an EOCS-recognized Scouting program (e.g., Eagle, Gold). Explorers and Venturers must have attained Eagle Scout.
Have earned the EOCS Alpha Omega Religious Award.
Be enrolled in the final year of an accredited high school. Home-schooled students should contact the Scholarship Chairman for guidance in completing the application.
January 1 – May 1: Complete and submit applications
May 1: All applications and supporting materials due*
June 1: Scholarship recipients notified**
Notes for 2020:
*If the May 1 deadline cannot be met, please contact the Scholarship Chairman, email@example.com. Scouts should submit at least their application form by that date, even if all supporting information is not yet available.
**Any changes to the notification date will be communicated to all applicants.
How to Apply
We strongly prefer all applications and supporting documents to be emailed to the Scholarship Chairman, although paper mail is accepted. Detailed instructions are given in the Scholarship Application document, which you can download in either of the formats below. The first version is Universal Format, and you can fill it out no matter what program you are using. The second version is a formatted document that is fillable if you have access to Microsoft Word 2007 or later. Use whichever works best; we have no preference. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. M. E. Kotsonis, EOCS Scholarship Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “EOCS Scholarships” in the subject line.
How to Donate to the EOCS Scholarship Fund
We welcome your tax-deductible donations to the scholarship fund. Donors enable us to encourage highly qualified Scouts, who have such great potential as leaders. Please direct questions to Dr. M. E. Kotsonis, Scholarship Chairman, email@example.com. Include “EOCS Scholarships” in the subject line.