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Boy Scouts



2021 National American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year - John McPhie of Irvine, CA

John McPhie of Irvine, Calif., has been named The American Legion’s Eagle Scout of the Year for 2021. As a recipient of the award, he is receiving a $10,000 college scholarship. John is the brother of Michael McPhie, who was named the 2020 Eagle Scout of the Year by The American Legion and was also recently recognized by its Department of California.


Information about The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship

Nomination packets must be received by each applicant’s respective American Legion department (state) headquarters no later than 1 March. The nomination packet judged best by each respective American Legion Department (state) Selection Committee, along with a list of the members serving on that Selection Committee, must then arrive to American Legion National Headquarters no later than 1 April.

The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Three runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each. The scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive their scholarship immediately upon graduation from high school (public, parochial, military, private, or home school) and must utilize the total award within four (4) years of their graduation date, excluding active military duty or religious mission. Additionally, the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will travel to join the Youth Champion Delegation of The American Legion that is honored each August at the annual National Convention of The American Legion.

Applicants having questions or seeking additional information about their application or the application process should contact their respective American Legion department (state) headquarters. Contact information for American Legion department (state) headquarters may be obtained at

Support for the Boy Scout movement came at the American Legion's first National Convention in 1919. Today there are more than 2,500 Boy Scout units sponsored by Legion Posts throughout the country. 

Supporting Boy Scout activities is natural for Legionnaires who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as Veterans to bear to help build character and positive traits in "Young America." Few other Post activities generate more goodwill from the community.

To read more about the Legion's participation in Scouting click here.