Evan Nazareth Awarded $2,000 National Scholarship

Evan Nazareth from Cary, North Carolina, has been awarded the $2,000 Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS). He belongs to St. Michael’s Catholic Church and is a member of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 216, Occoneechee Council. This year nine service scholarships totaling $25,000 were awarded nationwide to recognize scouts for outstanding service and leadership in four areas: Church, Community, School and Scouting.

Nazareth truly embodies the ideals of servant leadership. When asked why volunteering is important to him, he responded, “Scouting represents goal setting, organization, and servant leadership and I learned this through the service and development that I have experienced and know that I am making an impact on our newer generation of scouts and youth.” He earned the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem offered by the NCCS and serves his local parish in a variety of ministries to include being a Lector and participates in the Mother Teresa Youth Group and he serves as group leader for the St. Michael’s parish religious education program.

Nazareth is very enthusiastic about community service. During 2021, he devoted 1,801 service hours to his local parish and community, most notably to support military veterans, Luminaria events and food collection drives to support local food banks and food kitchens. He also participated in community cleanup activities, and as a member of the Green Hope Elementary School Library and Reading program.

At Green Hope High School, Nazareth is a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and Secretary for the National Technical Honor Society. He is also active in high school athletics as a member of the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams. He serves as President of the Rotary International Interact Club and is the founder and president of the Make a Difference Club.

In Scouting, Nazareth has been involved in the Boy Scout, Venturing and Sea Scout programs and earned the highest rank in each of these programs: Eagle Scout, Venturing Summit, and Sea Scout Quartermaster, respectively. He served as the Venturing Officer Association President for Venture members in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; and is Chair for the National Sea Scouts Events Support Committee. He also served in numerous leadership positions, including Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow (OA), BSA’s Honor Society and served as OA Chapter Officer, Elongomat and Section Officer. He attended BSA’s youth leadership program, the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program and he was invited to serve on the NYLT staff. Nazareth also participated in high adventure activities at the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Florida Sea Base, and Northern Tier High Adventure Bases.

To earn all three major rank awards, Nazareth had to complete three different projects. For his Eagle Scout project, he led efforts to construct an arbor to enhance a mediation trail. For his Quartermaster project, Nazareth led efforts to build a monetary donation stand and donation box for food items. And for his Summit Award project, he led volunteers to construct a pathway for his parish stations of the cross.

To be eligible to apply for the NCCS Scholarships, the Scout must be Catholic, earned the Ad Altare Dei and/or Pope Pius XII Awards and received either the BSA Eagle Scout Award, Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. A complete list of award recipients, eligibility requirements and applications can be found at http://nccs-bsa.org/index.php/collegescholarship. NCCS Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their commitment in making a difference for good in the world through service and leadership. Young people, like Evan Nazareth, are certain to enrich our future.

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