Sikh American Eagle Scout receives NESA Scholarship Award

Sherveer Singh

Sherveer Singh a 17 year high school student who is entering the honors program at Rutgers University this fall is the first Sikh American Eagle Scout in the US to receive the prestigious ‘Mabel and Lawrence S.Cooke Academic Scholarship’ given by the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).

Sherveer was selected out of over 9,000 applicants for this $5,000 merit scholarship award.

He is currently the youngest Boy Scout in the US to earn his Eagle Scout Award at age 12 and the Hornaday Award at age 14, by planning, leading and implementing two one year long separate projects.

He has been honored with his picture on page 21 in the 13th edition of the ‘Boy Scout Handbook’.

He also is the first to have received the ‘American Sikh Council (ASC) Scouting Scholarship Award’ in February 2018.

There are approximately 1.5 million Boy Scouts in America at any given time. The typical Scout earns the Eagle Scout at age is 17+. Out of the 1.5 million Scouts, less than 50,000 Scouts earn their Eagle Scout Award and less than 28 earn the Hornaday Award every year. (The Hornaday medals are considered the Olympic medals for helping protect the environment)

Sherveer Singh was honored by the Garden State Council of Southern New Jersey at the Annual Business Meeting in Sewell, NJ on January 25, 2016 for extraordinary community service.

In addition to getting the Hornaday Award, Sherveer Singh was honored with a special Hornaday patch by the Boy Scouts of America at the National Jamboree at the Hornaday reception held in Glen Jean, WV on July 27, 2017 for the handful of Hornaday recipients nationally.

Sherveer Singh has backpacked and hiked over 350 miles all over the US. He has helped raise over $16,000 for Susan B.Komen Breast cancer as a volunteer. He has regularly volunteered for Multiple Sclerosis (MS150) including fundraising for the last seven years. He has also volunteered for the March of the Dimes for the past six years. In November 2017 he was part of the winning team out of a 100 schools at the Rutgers University Model UN Competition. In February 2018 he won ‘Outstanding Delegate’ in his category at the John Hopkins University Model UN where over 1,800 students participated from all across the country. He is actively involved in various clubs in school including on the track team. He holds a 2nd degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 1st degree Black belt in Hapkido. He has over 900 hours of community service which include helping and serving the local homeless shelters.


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