NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award


The National Eagle Scout Association established the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award during the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010.

Popularly known by its acronym, “NOESA,” the award recognizes Eagle Scouts notable for their local, state, regional or national distinguished service.

Candidates for the NOESA award have inspired others through their positive actions reflected by recognized accomplishments and devotion to their profession, hobby, community, and beliefs. Previous recipients include authors, explorers, television personalities, military flag officers, scientists, medical doctors, government officials, prominent business people, and entrepreneurs.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Nominations are determined by the local council NESA committee, Scout Executive, and council president. In rare cases, the National NESA Committee may originate nominations.

Each recipient’s record of service and accomplishments should elevate the public stature and reputation of Eagle Scouts.


  • The nominee must be an Eagle Scout in good standing with the Boy Scouts of America and must either be registered with or have their primary residence within the boundaries of the nominating council.
  • There is no specific timeline required to qualify for this award after earning the Eagle Rank. Therefore, in extremely rare cases, it is possible that a truly outstanding youth, such as an Olympic athlete, may be eligible for selection.
  • The nominating council should retain details regarding actions and accomplishments that led to the nominee’s consideration for the award. Only the data required by the nomination form should be submitted to the National Eagle Scout Association.
  • Nominations must be sent to the National Eagle Scout Association by the council’s designee. Individuals may not submit nominations.

Special Considerations

  • Each council NESA committee may present two NOESA honors per year, with an option of awarding an additional NOESA for every 100 Eagle Scout ranks earned, or fraction thereof in excess of 100 awards certified during the previous year. Unused allotments are not carried over into future years.
  • Nominees should not be informed of nomination; presentation should only be scheduled after NESA has provided NOESA credentials to the council. Allow two to four weeks for processing.
  • Approvals are based on policies and procedures in effect at the time nominations are received by the National Eagle Scout Association.
  • The award may be presented at a meeting of the recipient’s peers or at a Scouting function. Presentation should be made within the council submitting the nomination and, whenever possible, by a previous recipient of the award. It is appropriate that the award is presented as part of a fundraising activity.


NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Nomination form