The James E. West Fellowship Award nationally recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Overland Trails Council’s permanent endowment. Individuals may contribute monies toward a fellowship in honor of someone else: an Eagle Scout, a graduate, a Silver Beaver/Vigil Honor recipient, Scoutmaster/Cubmaster, retiree, council president, or special loved ones including non-Scouters, youth or adults.
Fellowships can also be provided in memory of a departed loved one, business associate or special Scouter or non-Scouter.
The award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that “an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man”. Today, Scouting is the “lengthened shadow” of the more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West.
Contributions to the endowment fund through the James E. West Fellowship are never spent; only the interest is used to further the programs and outreach of the Overland Trails Council. Contact Dave Plond at (308) 382-3717 to discuss making a contribution to the council’s endowment fund.