MSSSAR Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Programs
Chairman: Chauncey Godwin
There are two elements to this recognition. First, there is a recognition of all new Eagle Scouts. This does not depend on any later decision by the new Eagle Scout about whether or not to compete for the scholarships available. It merely requires someone in the scout troop adult leadership to send a request for the SAR Eagle Scout Recognition Certificate. Such a request from scout troops in Mississippi should be sent, via e-mail, to the MSSSAR Eagle Scout Chairman. The following info must be included in the request (preferrably in a list format, in the same order as below - to facilitate processing) 1. Eagle Scout's name as it should appear on the certificate; 2. Date of the Court of Honor (if known); 3. BSA Council & District; 4. Troop Number; 5. Troop Location (city & county); 6. Sponsoring Organization; 7. Adult Leader Position in the Troop of the person making the request; 8. To whom, & the address, the certificate should be mailed; and, 9. Local MSSSAR chapter (if known). We will try to get the certificate to the troop in time for the Court of Honor, but there may be times when we are unable to make this timely response. In any event, a Recognition Certificate will be sent to the new Eagle Scout as soon as possible.
The second element in our Eagle Scout Recognition Program is the competition for scholarships. This portion of the program requires additional work from the new Eagle Scout.
Nationally there are three SAR organizational levels at which a new Eagle Scout might compete for additional recognition and/or monetary awards. Entrants need to complete only one application -- the one for the chapter competition. If it is a chapter winner, it is then submitted by the chapter for the state competition; and, if it is a winner again, it is then submitted by the state for the national competition.
Many local chapters of the SAR present certificates, medals and in some cases, cash awards, to the winners of competition within a chapter territory or a local Boy Scout Council area. Contact your local chapter for what is available and when their local competition is held, if they have one. To find your local MSSSAR chapter click Chapters at the top of this page.
[Note: Only one entry application is allowed for each Eagle Scout. Submitting more than one entry application (for example, to more than one chapter) will result in the applicant being disqualified for any chapter/state/National competition for the current year. An applicant may apply through any chapter in the state, but only one chapter. Application must be through a state chapter. Only chapter winners are eligible for the state competition.]
Each State, and the District of Columbia, selects a winner, from among the chapter winners, who receives an Eagle Trophy. Many states present a cash award as well. Currently, the MSSSAR state winner receives a $500 scholarship award, in addition to the trophy.
State winners' applications are submitted by the state SAR, to the SAR National Eagle Scout Committee, which meets in February or March of each year to judge state winner entries. From those state winners, the National Committee selects the top three National Scholarship winners.
The top National winner receives an $8,000 Scholarship award and is brought as a guest to the National SAR Congress, held in June or July each year, where the award is made and the Eagle presents his essay to the assembly. The National first runner-up receives a $4,000 award, and the second runner-up $2,000, presented at State society meetings.
Any Eagle Scout is eligible to apply who is still registered actively in a Scout unit provided that he does NOT reach his 19th birthday in the calendar year of application.
An Eagle may apply more than one year, but no individual may be awarded more total dollars than the $8,000 First Place award. For example, if an Eagle applies one year and receives the National runner-up award of $4,000, and has not reached his 19th birthday in the following calendar year, he may apply the second year, but if he were the First Place winner, he would receive only an additional $4,000.
This annual competition is conducted on a calendar year basis. The deadline for submitting applications for the MSSSAR state competition is the 31st of December each year. The deadline for the chapter competition submissions may be set anytime prior to that date. You will have to check with the individual chapter for the date.
REQUIRED ITEMS FOR APPLICATION
1. Completed application form, signed by you and your parents/guardian. Also, the BSA Unit Leader must sign the bottom of the 2nd page, certifying the accuracy of the facts as they relate to the scout's scouting record.
2. The four generation Ancestry Chart
3. Your original essay, not to exceed 500 words, written on an American Revolutionary Patriotic Theme, with footnotes and bibliography.
For more information go to http://www.sar.org/youth/eagle.html
Knight Essay Contest
Chairman: Gerald Brent, DeSoto Patriots Chapter
This contest is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American History.
1. This contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal aliens. Contestants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools). Contestants shall be in the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior grade of study during the contest year.
The contest is conducted in three phases: local (Chapter), state (State Society) and National. The contest must be entered through a Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution near the student's residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the State level (if the State does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating). Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year. The first place National winner is prohibited from participating in the following years’ contest.
2. The contest is for an original researched and proven topic written in English. The topic of the essay shall deal with: an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.
The essay must have four parts: A) title page, B) essay pages, C) bibliography (works cited), and D) contestant's biography. The title page, bibliography and contestant's biography must be listed on separate pages and no reference to the contestant's name or information can be part of the Essay pages or Bibliography. Please follow these rules exactly. Essays that do not conform to the rules may be immediately disqualified.
The title page must include the title of the essay, contestant's name, address, telephone number, and email address (if available). In addition, the title page must include the name, address, and telephone number of the high school in which the contestant is enrolled, and the contestant's grade level.
The essay must have a minimum of 800 words and not exceed 1,200 words (excluding title page, footnotes, bibliography page, and biography page). (Word counts based on a word processor are acceptable). One or two letter words such as I, to, and we are not counted. When counting words in a date, a numerical date (1776) or a date spelled out (seventeen seventy-six) shall be counted as one word. Names of places such as New York City shall be counted as one word.
The first page of the Essay must include the title of the essay. (No contestant information must appear on these pages as they are separated and distributed to the judges for grading to prevent possible grading bias.)
The essay must be typed double-spaced on white bond paper. No bindings or special covers are needed. Graphics are not permitted. An original copy of the essay must be submitted. Poor quality copies will not be accepted. Plagiarism will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
The essay and bibliography must be documented in accordance with the Modern Language Association publication, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (see www.mla.org) or Kate L. Turabian's publication, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (see www.bridgew.edu/Library/turabian.cfm).
Students must source at least five (5) references with the minimum of 3 being book sources. References from Encyclopedias or Internet sites will be accepted, but are not considered as part of the three source references. The use of all electronic sources will cause the essay to be disqualified.
The contestant's biography is limited to one page. Topics to be included in the biography are academic awards and achievements, school activities, community activities, and plans for college.
4. The deadline for submission to the NSSAR is 31 January. Entries sent through the USPS must be sent in a manner that prevents the document being folded. Essays may be submitted electronically by CD or email in the following formats only:
Microsoft Word Document (.doc), or Portable Document Format (.pdf).
5. Essays which meet the criteria in Rules 1-4 above will be accepted and judged equally on the following criteria:
A. Historical accuracy
B. Clarity of thought
C. Organization and proven topic
D. Grammar and spelling
6. Awards for Chapter, State and National winners:
Chapter: Each participating chapter will present the winner(s) with an award, to be determined by the chapter.
Mississippi State Society: $500; winning recognition certificate, and a medal awarded at the State Convention.
First place: $5,000; a winning recognition certificate and medal; airfare and one night hotel stay for the winner and a chaperone at the National Congress.
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $ 1,000
7. The winning essay of the national contest will be submitted for publication in The SAR Magazine. Participants in this contest agree that their essay may be published in The SAR Magazine and on the NSSAR Knight Essay Contest web page. Winning essay participants, on all levels, must supply a social security number or alien identification/green card number in order to receive their award.
8. Participants in this contest agree that the interpretation of rules and decisions of the NSSAR and its judges must govern without reservation.
Please follow the rules exactly. Essays that do not conform to the rules will be disqualified.
The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
Sponsored By The Mississippi Society Sons of the American Revolution
Chairman Robert Cox
The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in Mississippi who are in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of study during the contest year (grades 9-12).
The contest in Mississippi is sponsored by the Mississippi Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The winner of the MS contest will be awarded a $500 cash prize and certificate, and will be entered into the national contest, if they so desire.
1. The oration must be original and not less than five minutes nor more than six minutes. The subject shall deal with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today. The oration must be essentially the same as the submitted manuscript. Notes and props (including military uniforms) may not be used in the presentation.
2. Entries to the contest must be submitted before March 1 to the Mississippi Chairman and must include: a typed copy of the oration, a photograph and biographical sketch of the entrant, and the completed contestant entry form (Form B-Rev 9/05).
3. The MS state level contest will be held on a weekend in late March or early April. The date, time, and place will be determined before March 3rd and all contestants will be notified.
4. During the presentation of orations at chapter, state, or national contests, no applause is permitted until all orators have finished speaking.
5. During the contest, no private videotaping or flash picture taking will be allowed.
6. The judges will select the winners by the following criteria: A. Composition; B. Delivery; C. Significance; D. History; and E. Observation of Time Contraints.
7. The contestants must agree that the interpretation of rules and the decisions of the NSSAR and its judges shall govern without reservation.
8. At the National SAR Congress the NSSAR will furnish awards and give recognition to all orators who participate in the national preliminary and final contests.
9. The first place winner at the national level of the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest may not compete in its future competitions.
10. The Mississippi winner will receive their award at the annual MSSSAR Convention, where he/she will be invited to present their oration to the SAR members and guests.
Download entry form in the forms button
Chairman: Dr. Andrew M. Jones
The JROTC Unit Award Program
The Mississippi Society of the SAR has for many years awarded bronze Minuteman medals and a certificate to the outstanding JROTC cadet in each unit. Please note that the procedure for requesting a medal has recently changed.
To obtain a medal for your unit, contact the nearest MSSSAR chapter (locations and contact information for MSSSAR chapters can be found by clicking the "Chapters" link at the top of this page). The Chapter President will then obtain the medal, and a representative of his Chapter will present it to the recipient. As these medals must be personally presented by a representative of the Chapter, we will be unable to present a medal if there is not a MSSSAR Chapter within a reasonable distance of the school. The MSSSAR will order medals on November 1st, for presentation the following year, so it is important that you contact your local Chapter as early as possible, and provide the following information: (1) the name and mailing address of the school; (2) the name of the senior military instructor and his phone number and/or e-mail address; (3) the name and type of JROTC unit (Army, Navy, AF); and (4) the planned date (and place - if known) when the medal will be presented. It is not necessary to include the name of the recipient. The certificate can be sent to the senior instructor prior to the ceremony for inscription of the cadet's name.
The State and National Awards Program
In 1998 the program was expanded to recognize outstanding cadets at the state and national levels as well. Cadets are nominated to the state competitions by their unit's Senior Military Science Instructor. Nominees to this program must be in their next to last year of JROTC (e.g. a third year cadet in a four year program or a second year cadet in a two year program). Selection criteria: patriotism, leadership, military bearing, and scholarship. Nominated cadets must rank in the top 25% of their high school class and in the top 10% of the JROTC cadets.
To nominate the outstanding cadet of a unit for consideration in the state and national levels of competition - submit your nomination packet before 10 February to Dr. Andrew M. Jones
The nomination packet should contain:
(1) a completed nomination form (copy attached); (2) a recommendation by the Senior JROTC Instructor, with comments about the cadet's leadership potential; (3) a recommendation by the Principal, with verification of GPA; and (4) an original essay by the cadet, of 500 to 600 words. The essay may be done on a computer, typewriter, or by hand (in ink). The topic of the essay :
"How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States".
Winners of the state contests are then entered into the SAR National Society's JROTC award program.
The outstanding Mississippi cadet will be presented a $250 cash award, a silver framed ribbon bar containing a silver star for the Minuteman Medal drape, and a certificate recognizing their achievement. The cadet will then be sponsored by the Mississippi Society to the national competition.
The Outstanding Cadet in the Nation will receive a gold presentation medallion on a neck ribbon, a gold framed ribbon bar and a gold star for the medal ribbon drape and a cash award.
For more information on the SAR JROTC Cadet Recognition Program, or to obtain nomination forms - see the National Society SAR web page at: http://www.sar.org/youth/jrotc.html
Nomination forms are available in several word processor formats on the above site as well as pictures of the medals.
DAR Liaison Committee
Chairman: George Mark Henry, Esq.
This committee is responsible for establishing contact with the State Regent of the Mississippi Society of the DAR; supporting DAR activities as
appropriate; and for recommending the presentation of NSSAR/Mississippi Society awards, as appropriate.
The Color Guard in the Sons of the American Revolution serves as a means to involve our members in the activities of the Society, especially younger ones. They add a note of color and bearing to our celebrations, both public and private, and attract the attention of the general public to the activities of the Society.
The Color Guard is used in ceremonies to open and close meetings of the SAR, DAR, C.A.R. and other organizations. They participate in parades, memorial services and grave markings. They bring favorable publicity to the SAR with their colorful flags, attractive uniforms and colonial style music. In addition, it is fun. The Color Guard is organized on the state society and/or chapter level. Mississippi fields a "combined Color Guard" made up of men from several chapters who assemble just like the minutemen.
If you are interested in participating with your Color Guard, please contact Julius Hite.
CAR Liaison Committee
Chairman: Mark Henry
This Committee is responsible for establishing contact with the appropriate senior CAR officers; for encouraging Mississippi Society chapter support of CAR societies; for encouraging Mississippi Society members to become involved in CAR activities; for recruiting male CAR members to become SAR members when they become 18 years of age; for recommending the award of the CAR-SAR Medal of Appreciation of Good Citizenship Medal to CAR members, as appropriate.
American History Teacher Award
Dr. Andrew Jones
Michael A Nolley Jr.
Medals and Awards Committee-CoChairmen John Taylor and Charles Garrison. Charles Garrison to be the National Contact, and record Compatriot Medals in the National Data Base. John Taylor to be the Senior Advisor to the three other committeemen. The three Area Directors are committeemen and report all Chapter awards to Charles Garrison. Historical data will be provided by John Taylor, and he will keep the three Area Directors advised of past awards. Recommendations for State Level Awards will be forwarded to the President by February 1st, in order to have medals purchased, certificates printed, signed and on hand prior to MS SAR Convention in March 2020.
Nominating Committee- Chairman Past President Toby Winston. Committeemen Michael Nolley (S), Edward Campbell (C), Larry Jolly (N). Committee to reach out to potential candidates for state level offices and National Trustee positions. After the committee has formulated a slate of nominated 2020 state officers, it shall report its nominations in accordance with the MS SAR by-laws. The nomination report for State Offices should be available for review by the Excom in January 2020.
By-Laws Committee- Chairman Mark Henry Esq., Committeemen 2nd VP Jak Smith Esq., Past President (AL) Jim Alexander. Using the language of the voted on by-law changes at the March 2019 Convention Membership Business meeting, and necessary additional language to make the voted on changes effective should be available for review by the Excom at the January meeting 2020. Formal presentation, and signing of new by-laws should occur at the Business Meeting at the 2020 Convention.
Finance Committee- Chairman Lynn Herron, State Treasurer. Committeemen Buddy Irving and the three Area Directors. Committeemen to assist Treasurer in his duties as requested. A focus should be in locating Bank Accounts of Chapters that have gone dormant, in order to preserve funds for future reactivation of the Chapters.
Audit Committee- Chairman 2nd VP Jak Smith Esq., Committeemen three Area Directors. The Audit committee receives an accounting of Convention Expenses and Income at the June Excom meeting by the 1st VP and then shall provide a written Audit report to the Excom by the September meeting each year. This audit report shall be provided to the Long Range Planning Committee for archiving purposes, and for estimating future Convention costs.
The three Area Directors, Chad Couch, Tom Lilly and Jerry Bigham-Molaison I believe are the future leaders of the MS SAR and need to be aware of the Society functions and protocols. Provide them with assistance and guidance in order to make them successful and effective.