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Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® has established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to six outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college. The requirements are listed in the Eligibility Requirements section on this page. Applications are due to the NCCS office by March 1 of each year.

Purpose of Scholarship:

To honor Mr. Emmett J. Doerr, who was a dedicated Catholic Scouter and a very active member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS). He was the first recipient of the Brother Barnabas Founders Award. His other honors include the Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver and the St. George medals. The Doerr family and the NCCS are continuing his legacy by offering this scholarship in his name to six (6) distinguished Catholic Scouts.

Scholarship Awards:

  • Six separate awards of $2000 each.
  • Must be used for the year awarded unless approved by Scholarship Committee.
  • Disbursement from the scholarship fund will be made directly to an accredited institution of higher learning at the beginning of the enrollment period.
  • The scholarship will be used to defray necessary costs of the awardee's tuition, room or board.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a practicing Catholic.
  • Be a full time High-School Senior.
  • Be a registered young man or woman actively involved with a Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.
  • Held or is currently holding a leadership role in his or her unit.
  • Earned the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII Religious Award.
  • Earned the Eagle Scout, Silver Award or Quartermaster Award.
  • Provided service to his or her home parish (Altar Server, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, staffing youth retreats, etc.)
  • Held or is currently holding a leadership role in a school or community organization other than scouting.
  • Submit an application with four (4) letters of recommendations. One letter each must come from a religious institution, Scouting Unit, School, and Community.
  • Submit official high school transcript.
  • Submit an acceptance letter from an accredited institution of higher learning, if selected as a Scholarship recipient.
  • Provide a 3 X 5 picture with application.

Selection Process:

  • Submit application to:

    Boy Scouts of America 
    Attn: NCCS-Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship 
    P.O. Box 152079 
    Irving, TX 75015-2079
  • Only applications postmarked by March 1st will be considered.
  • Applications are reviewed by the NCCS Scholarship Committee and the top 10 are forwarded to the Doerr family for the final selection.
  • The six(6) scholars will be selected no later than May 1st.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than May 15th. Note: Only the winners are notified.
  • A press release will be sent out on June 1st with the names of all the winners.
  • Scholarship recipients must provide a copy of the institution of higher learning's billing information, as soon as possible, so that the award amount can be remitted.
  • All information sent becomes the property of NCCS.
  • All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

NOTE: Applications can be obtained from NCCS:

Past Recipients

2008 Recipients

The NCCS and the Emmett J. Doerr family are pleased to announce the 5 recipients of the 2008 Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to Catholic young people who have attained the Eagle Scout award or the Silver Award in Venturing. This year was a banner year for applicants with over 100 young people competing for the scholarships. The candidates are evaluated on a variety of levels. These include their Scouting background, Community Service outside of Scouting, Church service and leadership roles, scholastic achievement and leadership during their school years. The recipients are:

  • Adam Alongi of Naperville, Illinois, Diocese of Joliet
  • Philip M. Goolkasian of Fresno, California, Diocese of Fresno
  • William Goepfert of South River, New Jersey, Archdiocese of Newark
  • Nicholas M. Hauge of Rockford, Illinois, Diocese of Rockford
  • Robert F. Niehaus III of Westerville, Ohio, Diocese of Columbus

2009 Recipients

The NCCS and the Emmett J. Doerr family are pleased to announce the 5 recipients of the 2009 Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to Catholic young people who have attained the Eagle Scout award or the Silver Award in Venturing. This year was a banner year for applicants with over 140 young people competing for the scholarships. The candidates are evaluated on a variety of levels. These include their Scouting background, Community Service outside of Scouting, Church service and leadership roles, scholastic achievement and leadership during their school years. The recipients are:

  • Kenneth T. Jenkins Jr. of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Diocese of Scranton
  • Michael R. Kubancsek Greenwood, Indiana, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • Christopher A. O’Connell of Roswell, Georgia, Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Francisco Vigil of Alcalde, New Mexico, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • Daniel M. Welch of Falls Church, Virginia, Diocese of Arlington

2010 Recipients

The NCCS and the Emmett J. Doerr family are pleased to announce the 5 recipients of the 2010 Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to Catholic young people who have attained the Eagle Scout award or the Silver Award in Venturing. This year more than 150 young people competed for the scholarships. The candidates are evaluated on a variety of levels. These include their Scouting background, community service outside of Scouting, church service and leadership roles, scholastic achievement and leadership during their school years. The recipients are:

  • Anthony J. DeMarco III of Buffalo, New York, Diocese of Buffalo
  • Edouard Bertrand Guilloux of Stafford, Virginia, Diocese of Arlington
  • Ian Daniel MacDonald of New Windsor, New York
  • Joseph Phillips of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Diocese of Green Bay
  • Ivan J. Ramirez of Doral, Florida, Archdiocese of Miami

2011 Recipients

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2011. These scholarships were established eight years ago by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the five $2000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners were chosen from over 150 applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • Cameron Hamilton of Sugar Land, TX, Diocese of Galveston/Houston
  • Jared Linney of Fresno, CA, Diocese of Fresno
  • Antonio (Tony) G. Messina-Doerning of Pasadena, CA, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Benjamin J. Moeller of Cincinnati, OH, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Thomas "Tucker" White of New Rochelle, NY, Archdiocese of New York

2012 Recipients

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2012. These scholarships were established eight years ago by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the five $2000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners were chosen from over 160 applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • Gerrit S. Bakker of Alma, Michigan, Diocese of Saginaw
  • Andrew S. Nemec of Houston, Texas, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • Justin Isami Bicoy Hata of Honolulu, Hawaii, Diocese of Honolulu
  • William E. Heiges II of Wiesbaden, Germany, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
  • Joseph A. Walker of Las Cruces, NM Diocese of Las Cruces

2013 Recipients

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2012. These scholarships were established nine years ago by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the five $2000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners (all Eagle Scouts) were chosen from over 160 applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • Neil Almeida of Fremont, CA, Diocese of San Jose
  • George Bagay of Pittsburg, PA, Diocese of Pittsburg
  • Jonathan Cunningham of Austin, TX, Diocese of Austin
  • Benjamin Helkey of Montecito, CA, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Keith Hurst of Ferdinand, IN Diocese of Evansville

2014 Recipients

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2014. These scholarships were established ten years ago by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the five $2000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners (all Eagle Scouts) were chosen from over 160 applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • Stephen Babcock of Loveland, OH, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • John Barczyski of Wexford, PA, Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Nicholas Miles of Fort Wayne, IN, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
  • Adam Moeller of Cincinnati, OH, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Nathan Seago of Bryan, TX, Diocese of Austin

2015 Recipients

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2015. These scholarships were established in 2005 by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the $2000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners were chosen from applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • Nyle Almeida of Oakland, CA, Diocese of Oakland
  • Braeden C. Benedict of Palos Verdes, CA, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Samuel Handshy of Franklin, TN, Diocese of Nashville
  • James Jaeger of Orland Park, IL, Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Anna Nemec of Taylor, TX, Diocese of Austin

 

2016 Recipients

 The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2016. These scholarships were established in 2005 by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the $2000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners were chosen from applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • John E. Draper of Catonsville, MD, Archdioces of Baltimore
  • Christopher M. Fernando of San Marcos, CA, Diocese of San Diego
  • Sarah D. Fields of Tallahassee, FL, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
  • John Kloser of Wauwatosa, WI, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  • Ryan C. Pantalone of Glenville, NY, Diocese of Albany
  • Michael F. Walker of Las Cruces, NM, Diocese of Las Cruces 

2017 Recipients

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarships for 2017. These scholarships were established in 2005 by the family of the late Emmett J. Doerr, a dedicated Catholic Scouter who was an active member of the NCCS. Each of the $2,000 scholarships recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts who are registered in a program of the Boy Scouts of America. This year's winners were chosen from applicants from across the country based on a number of criteria including service to their home parish, leadership in their Scout units and other school or community organizations, letters of recommendation and their scholastic record. The recipients are:

  • Gabriel Calvo of Albuquerque, NM, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • Anthony Castrodale of Galena, OH, Diocese of Columbus
  • Jeremy Crist of Sarasota, FL, Diocese of Venice
  • Patrick McMonagle of Davenport, IA, Diocese of Davenport
  • Patrick Sprigler of Upper Arlington, OH, Diocese of Columbus
  • Ryan Traynor of Emerald Hills, CA, Archdiocese of San Francisco