The award is given to young adults in college through age 25 who have achieved excellence in the fields of art, athletics, business, community service, education, government, humanities, literature, music, religion, or science and have been involved in service to their community, state, or country that adds to the quality of life.
The BSA's National Partnerships Task Force manages the program, and some local BSA Councils continue to present Young American Awards to young people for their contributions in the arts, sciences, community and faith. Check with your local BSA Council to see if they are still presenting the award, and if so how to get an application.
- Age Requirement - age 19 through age 25.
- Accomplishments - have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the fields of art, athletics, business, community service, education, government, humanities, literature, math, music, religion, and science.
- Service - have been involved in service in their community, state, or country that adds to the quality of life.
- Scholars - have maintained an above average scholastic grade point average. College freshmen provide high school transcript. College sophomores to graduate student provide college transcript.
- Recommendations - provide with the application three to six letters of recommendation from your troop, post, crew, group, school, teacher, counselor, employer, minister, business leader, civic leader, or other community leaders