Saramana SAR Chapter                   Sons of the American Revolution

Eagle Scout

SAR Eagle Scout

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

This Scholarship is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit, and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application.

The application year is the actual calendar year. The deadline for Saramana SAR Chapter entries is December 1st  and the Chapter must notify the Florida SAR Society of the Chapter Winner by December 31st. Feel free to turn in your application “early” in order to qualify to be the National Winner! (See Below)

The Saramana SAR Chapter awards three cash scholarship awards, and college plans do not have to be completed in order to receive the cash award.  Please be aware that contestants must be present at the Award Luncheon listed for the SAR Eagle Scout Contest at Events During Lunches in order to receive any Cash or Medal Awards.

The Saramana SAR Chapter Cash Scholarship Awards are:
First Place Winner receives $1,500.00
2nd Place Runner-up receives $350.00
3rd  Place Runner-up receives $150.

If you are the winner of our local competition, your application will automatically be forwarded to the Florida SAR  for the State competition.

First Place (Florida SAR)           $1,000.00 *
2nd Place Runner-up                   $500.00
3rd  Place Runner-up                   $250.00
*You can receive additional amounts of up to $300.00 from the Florida SAR Ladies Auxiliary

First Place (National Society)     $10,000.00
2nd Place Runner-up                   $6,000.00
3rd  Place Runner-up                   $4,000.00

Please include your 500 word Patriotic Theme Essay with the Application and Ancestor Chart.

Required Form Download:
The Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application (Applicant Form) AND the Four-Generation Ancestor Chart (Applicant Form) can be found on the National Society web page at:
The Forms are right after a brief description of the contest.

Suggested Instructions AFTER you have opened the Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application (Applicant Form) AND the Four-Generation Ancestor Chart (Applicant Form).

Please save the opened forms to your computer and SAVE the files with your name and the Contest name as the file name. For example, “Sam Compatriot Eagle Scout Contest.PDF” and "Sam Compatriot Ancestor Chart". By having your name as part of the “file name”, another contestant’s file can NOT be saved on top of your file. The folder where you save the documents is your choice. Just remember where you saved them.

PDF fillable forms require that you have the latest version of the “FREE” Adobe Reader. These are free downloads from Please make sure you download the Version that is correct for your system’s operating software. There is a different version for different Windows Operating Systems and different versions for different MAC Operating Systems, and for the Android Operating System. In addition, make sure you check for updates by going to the Adobe website or by opening up Reader, clicking on HELP and then click on “Check for Updates”.

Please be aware that some computer and software manufacturers are installing alternative software to the “FREE” Adobe Reader on your computer. While these PDF viewers will open and let you read and view a PDF file, they will NOT allow you to complete the PDF fillable forms. PDF fillable forms require the use of the “FREE” Adobe Reader. Save the form to your computer, then open Adobe Reader and use that program to open the file you just saved.

If the default software used by your computer to read Acrobat (PDF) files is something other than Adobe's Reader, you can choose to open them with Adobe Reader anyway - this allows you to take advantage of fillable forms, hyperlinks, buttons and other features that Acrobat (PDF) documents often contain. To ensure that you are opening an Acrobat file (PDF) in Adobe Reader, first find the file in your computer. Instead of double clicking to open the file, you should right-click on the file instead. This will open a small action menu. Look down the list of options for a selection named "open with". If you hover over that selection, it will expand to show a list of options for opening the PDF. You should left click on Adobe Reader in the list. Your PDF will now open the the program it was intended to be used in. NOTE: This will not change the defaults of your computer. It will only use Adobe Reader this one time.

We have also been informed by Mac users that Apple has its own program to open Adobe Reader files. They tell me the solution is to change the “Open With” default application to “Adobe Reader”. To configure Mac OS X to open PDFs with Reader or Acrobat, do the following:
1.    Click the PDF file's icon in the Finder to select it.
2.    Choose File > Get Info.
3.    Click the triangle next to Open With.
4.    Choose “Adobe Reader” from the Open With menu (if it's not on the list,           choose “Other” to select it).
5.    Click Change All.

Now please CLOSE the webpage where you obtained the Form and OPEN the saved file on your PC to Continue

The “Applicant” should complete the first part of the “Applicant Form” on Page 1, and then at the bottom of Page 1, click on the arrow   next to the appropriate Contest to review the instructions and complete the form with all applicable details.

Then the “Saved” form and any other requested documents should be emailed to the Committee Chair named below, or absent a Committee Chair to the Chapter President named below.

If possible, please request a “Read Receipt” so that you will know that your file was received.

For Sarasota County
Blair A. McVety
Saramana Eagle Scout Co-Chairman for Sarasota County
1181 Cheshire Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33953-2220

Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. McVety Cell Phone # (941) 380-6813 or, E-mail  Blair A. McVety (Click on his name).

For Manatee County
Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Jr.
Saramana Eagle Scout Co-Chairman for Manatee County
7703 DeSoto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209-9789

Should you have any questions, please contact Judge Smith Phone # (941) 795-6074  or, E-mail Judge Gilbert A. Smith, Jr.  (Click on his name).

Entrants need to complete only one application, which is the one for the Chapter competition.  The Eagle Scout Local winner will be asked to read his Essay at the Chapter Awards Luncheon in January. Your lunch, and the lunch of one guest (parent or Scout Master), will be paid for by the local Chapter at this special event.  Other guests are always welcome to make reservations and attend. The Eagle Scout Medal may be presented to the winner of the Scholarship Program at the local level during the Chapter Awards Luncheon.

The Eagle Scout Patch is available to each Eagle Scout who completes the Cash Scholarship requirements.

The Saramana SAR Chapter would be honored to receive Eagle Scout Recognition Requests to recognize any person that achieves the rank of Eagle Scout in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice. Upon receipt of this request, Saramana will complete a recognition certificate.  The Saramana Chapter would prefer to present The Eagle Scout Certificate at the Court of Honor, along with the SAR Eagle Scout Pamphlet that describes the SAR Scholarship Contest.

To see the previous National Society Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship winners, please click on contest awardees and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Pictures taken at our Eagle Scout Contest Luncheon Meeting  held January 2015.

Eagle Scout Colton McVety from Troop 100, chartered by St. Thomas More Catholic Church was our Eagle Scout Scholarship Award Contest Winner for January 2015.

Eagle Scout Lee Weis from Troop 89, chartered by Christ Presbyterian Church, Bradenton was our Eagle Scout Scholarship Award Contest Runner-up for January 2015.

You can read more about our January 2015 Eagle Scout Contest in our  February 2015 Quill & Bugle .

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