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NESA Scholarship Awardee Alex Sims, Troop 772

Alex Sims

Eagle Scout Alex Sims from Troop 772  was awarded the National Eagle Scout Association’s 2017 NESA STEM scholarship in recognition of his selflessness and service.  Alex will receive $12,500 a year for four years ($50,000 total). This is the largest NESA scholarship available and is awarded each year to an applicant who plans to major in a science, technology, engineering or math field.

Alex participates in numerous service opportunities including Scouting for Food drives, clean-ups around his school and community, and is an active participant in KAST (Kids Are Scientists Too) which teaches science to elementary age children. He is also a member of his school’s robotic team. The service project closest to Alex’s heart is Christopher’s Angels. A non-for-profit organization started to honor his late twin brother, Christopher, to help combat bullying and teen suicide. The mission of Christopher’s Angels is simple: On the 22nd of each month, “Angels” perform a random good deed or friendly act. This could be as simple as saying hello to a stranger or joining someone who is eating alone in the lunchroom. “The idea is that these good deeds, however small, add up to make a difference in the community,” Alex says.

Scouting has played a major role in Alex’s life. He was the first Scout in the Heart of Virginia Council to earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award, is currently working on the Thomas Edison Supernova Award, and has earned 119 merit badges, many connected to STEM fields. Alex says “Scouting has taught me the importance of service to the community.”

Alex heads off to college in August where he’ll study chemical or mechanical engineering. “But as I grow older, I want to stay involved in Scouting,” Alex says. “Because it’s changed my life, and I want to see it change others.”