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ASTORIA, NY [EOCS] — The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting [EOCS] is offering up to two $1,000.00 scholarships to Orthodox Christian scouts who demonstrate love of God and the Orthodox Christian Faith through their service, scholarship, leadership, and practical citizenship in their churches, schools, scouting units, and communities.

The EOCS is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America and the officially recognized Eastern Orthodox religious committee for all scouting organizations in the USA.  It provides support, programs, and recognition of service and faith development to scouts and scouters of the Eastern Orthodox faith via the religious award program, adult recognition for volunteer scouters and clergy, scholarships, retreats, “camporees,” and associated activities.

Scholarships are contingent upon acceptance to an accredited four-year college or university. Eligible scouts should be registered active members of an EOCS-recognized scouting program --Scouts BSA, Venturing, Exploring, Girl Scouts of the USA, Trail Life USA, American Heritage Girls, and Camp Fire -- and communicants of parishes recognized by the Assembly of Bishops, having earned the highest award of an EOCS-recognized Scouting program (e.g., Eagle, Gold). Explorers and Venturers must have attained Eagle Scout. They also should have earned the EOCS Alpha Omega Religious Award and 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.

Detailed information and applications are available online and must be submitted no later than May 1, 2019.  Scholarship recipients will be announced on June 1.

Enquiries may be directed to Dr. M. E. Kotsonis, EOCS Scholarship Chairman.

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