Scholarship Merit Badge

The Scholarship merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.


  1. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Show that you have had an average grade of B or higher (80 percent or higher) for one term or semester.
    b. Show that for one term or semester you have improved your school grades over the previous period.
  2. Do TWO of the following:
    a. Make a list of educational places located where you live (other than schools). Visit one, and report on how you used the place for self-education.
    b. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, interview two professionals (other than teachers or other professionals at your school) with established careers. Find out where they were educated, what training they received, and how their education and training have helped prepare them for the career they have chosen. Find out how they continue to educate themselves. Discuss what you find out with your counselor.
    c. Using a daily planner, show your counselor how you keep track of assignments and activities, and discuss how you manage your time.
    d. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of research available to you for school assignments, such as the library, books and periodicals, and the Internet.
  3. Get a note from the principal* of your school (or another school official named by the principal) that states that during the past year your behavior, leadership, and service have been satisfactory.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Show that you have taken part in an extracurricular school activity, and discuss with your counselor the benefits of participation and what you learned about the importance of teamwork.
    b. Discuss your participation in a school project during the past semester where you were a part of a team. Tell about the positive contributions you made to the team and the project.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Write a report of 250 to 300 words about how the education you receive in school will be of value to you in the future and how you will continue to educate yourself in the future.
    b. Write a report of 250 to 300 words about two careers that interest you and how specific classes and good scholarship in general will help you achieve your career goals.
* If you are home-schooled or your school environment does not include a principal, you may obtain a note from a counterpart such as your parent.


    This means you have to do these on your own. If you want to complete the badge on the day the discussions are held for the remaining requirements, you must bring with you to the meeting evidence you've completed these.

  • For requirement #1, please bring a printout of your grades from the semester where your average was B or higher (1a) or two printouts of successive semesters where you show improvement (1b). If you can access your grades via Smartphone you can show this at the meeting, but remember our internet/cellular service is spotty at St. Johns.

  • For requirement #2, choose which two out of the four you'd like to complete. 
    • We will have two professionals at the meeting who you can interview for requirement 2b in group format.
    • If you use a planner for school, simply bring it with you for 2c.
    • We will offer discussion of 2d at the meeting, but please Be Prepared by having some advantages and disadvantages written down.
    • If you choose 2a, please bring the list and a written report.

  • For requirement #3, bring your note from the Principal. It can be a printout of an email. This is a great opportunity for you to send your own email to your principal explaining that you're a Scout, that you're working on Scholarship merit badge, and asking (politely) for her/him to write what's needed (be specific). You can see a sample letter HERE.

  • For requirement #4, pick either one but recognize that 4b says discuss and 4a says show. In order to show we're pretty sure you'll need to bring something so be sure you do.

  • For requirement #5, pick one of the two choices, write the report and bring it to the meeting. Please be thoughtful when you write this and be sure to put your name on it prior to turning it in.