February 27, 2018

Troop 14 Eagle Scout awarded Scholarship from Sons of the American Revolution

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is excited to announce Eagle Scout Bilal M. of Santa Clara’s Boy Scout Troop 14, chartered by the St. Justin Parish Community, who was chosen to receive the Chapter’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and nomination for the California State Society’s Award, has been selected as the State Society’s winner of their Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award and $1,000.00 scholarship.  Bilal will now represent the State of California as he is considered by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for its annual award and $10,000.00 scholarship.

Bilal has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 14 for the past five years, having held a position of leadership in the Troop nearly the entire time; having served as the Troop’s Librarian, Historian, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

Bilal Earned his Eagle on April 26, 2016 at the age of 14.  In addition to having earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, Bilal has earned 46 Merit Badges, including Genealogy, American Heritage, and Law.  He has also been awarded five Eagle Scout Palms.   His Eagle Scout Project provided over 200 hours of combined scout and adult efforts to build four benches and two planter boxes for the South Bay Islamic Association.

Bilal was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout’s fraternal organization for scouts that exemplify the Scout Oath and Law, by his peers in 2015 and achieved Brotherhood in 2016.  He has completed National Youth Leadership Training, spent two weeks as a Counselor in Training for residency camp, and has earned “In the Name of God” the youth religious award of his faith twice.

Reflecting on his experience Bilal said, “Scouting has benefited me by helping me to become a better, more well-rounded, mature person, and taught me valuable life lessons like planning, organization, and leadership.”

Bilal is a Junior at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara and on the Honor Roll.  He serves as President of the Muslim Student Association at his school, having previously served as the Activities Commissioner.  He is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the School’s Speech and Debate Teams.

“Bilal represents Scouting’s finest tradition of duty to God and country, duty to others, and duty to self. He represents those values that build strong character, strong families and strong communities.” Said Rob Morse, Eagle Scout Recognition Chair for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

For over one hundred years, The Sons of the American Revolution has honored our nation’s founders by promoting good citizenship and an appreciation of our cherished heritage. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has supported our mission with over 110 million young people learning Scouting’s lessons of patriotism, courage and self-reliance. For generations of Americans, the Scout Law has been a moral compass pointing the way to be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (www.svsar.com) is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Scouting’s elite and participate in the Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Program.

The Sons of the American Revolution award program is based on an application detailing Scouting experience, academic achievement, and community service; a 500-word essay on a patriotic theme; and a four-generation genealogy chart. The applications are scored on a 100-point scale. The Scout with the highest score is honored with our Chapter’s Eagle Scout Award and entered into our State Society’s competition. The winner of each State competition vies in the national Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout competition for $14,000 in scholarship awards.

Anyone interested in receiving our Eagle Scout Recognition Package, or applying for the scholarship can reach out to our local representative Rob Morse at svsar.eagle@gmail.com.


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