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The Young American Award

Local Council Deadline: December 1


First presented in 1968, the Council-level award is given to college students student age 19 through 25 to highlight publicly the importance of their excellent achievements and service to their community, state and nation. The council-level Young American Award consists of a plaque to be awarded at an appropriate council ceremony. The 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. Recipients are not required to be a member or a participant of a local council unit or program.


Selection Procedure

The Council can give as many as they choose of the Council-level Young American Award plaques. The Council selection committee is responsible for the following:

  • See that appropriate Council units and other local community youth-serving organizations receive applications.
  • Review the applications and select council recipient(s). Notify all nominees of the decision by mail. Order the Council-level Young American Award Plaque, No. 17668, from the Supply Group for presentation(s).
  • Through proper public relations, focus attention on the Council-level recipient(s) and their accomplishments.
  • The Council then submits their best National award nominees. The national-level award consists of a ribbon medallion and an unrestricted cash award of $5,000. Deadline for applications received by the national office is January 2 to:


    Young American Award

    Learning for Life (S210)
    1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
    P.O. Box 152079
    Irving, TX 75015-2079
    Fax: 972-580-2137
    (Faxed applications are acceptable, then mail the originals postmarked by January 2.)


How to Apply

Applications are sent to the local council. Nominations can be made by Boy Scout troops, Explorer posts, Venturing crews, Learning for Life groups, individuals, and other community youth-serving organizations that share the same program objectives. Since applications are not carried over, any previous application can be updated and resubmitted through the local council office.



  • Student—College student through age 25.
  • 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.
  • Scholar—Have maintained an above-average scholastic grade point average. Provide a copy of both your high school and college transcript with application (college transcript only if graduate student).
  • Recommendations—Must 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.


Council Deadline

Turn in application to local Council office with letters of recommendation and current school transcript no later than December 1.


Application Form

Click here to download an application form [DOC] for the Young American award.