The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Hillcourt Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to youth Arrowmen (16-20) committed to serving the OA and Scouting as members of the OA’s staff for a national jamboree.

Upon learning about the unique group of Hillcourt Scholarship recipients, Mack Zewalk, lead adviser for Operation Arrow affirmed, “We could not be prouder of the young Arrowmen selected for this scholarship. The selection committee received an impressive group of applications and I am incredibly impressed by this excellent class of recipients. I look forward to joining with them and hundreds of our fellow Arrowmen as we cheerfully serve our fellow Scouts and Scouters from all over the country and world at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.” 

The following Arrowmen have been selected for this scholarship: 

Name City Council Lodge
Pedro Baylon Saint Cloud, FL Central Florida Council Tipisa Lodge
Sebastian Bodkin Niagara Falls, NY Greater Niagara Frontier Council Ho-De-No-Sau-Nee Lodge
Addison Broom Goodwater, AL Tukabatchee Area Council Alibamu Lodge
Seth Greiling Chesapeake, VA Tidewater Council Blue Heron Lodge
Ryan Hansen Fergus Falls, MN Northern Lights Council Pa-Hin Lodge
Thomas Hauser Monroe, NC Central North Carolina Council Itibapishe Iti Hollo Lodge
Colin Howard Albuquerque, NM Great Southwest Council Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge
Chris Iverson West Long Branch, NJ Monmouth Council Na Tsi Hi Lodge
Cory Johnson Wauseon, OH Black Swamp Area Council Mawat Woakus Lodge
Kyle David Kipple Jacksonville, FL North Florida Council Echockotee Lodge
Ethan Alexander Mooney Zelienople, PA Moraine Trails Council Kuskitannee Lodge
Bryton Moore Everett, WA Mount Baker Council Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge
Kaden Rickett Fort Collins, CO Longs Peak Council Kola Lodge
Kyle Silligman Vernalis, CA Greater Yosemite Council Toloma Lodge
Joshua Squirrell Orrville, OH Buckeye Council Sipp-O Lodge
Grant Sullivan Salisbury, MD Del-Mar-Va Council Nentego Lodge
Jared Sullivan Salisbury, MD Del-Mar-Va Council Nentego Lodge
Michael Joseph Valenti Lutz, FL Greater Tampa Bay Area Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge
John Alexander Warren Lynchburg, VA Blue Ridge Mountains Council Tutelo Lodge
Thomas Driscoll Zephyrhills, FL Greater Tampa Bay Area Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge

The “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation is the literary and financial executor of the estate of William Hillcourt (1900-1992), one of the world’s most widely known and respected Scouters and a member of the national BSA staff from 1926 to 1965. A Scout since 1910, Bill was a protege of Robert Baden-Powell and Scouting’s most prolific author, having written hundreds of articles for Boys’ Life and Scouting magazine, three editions of the Boy Scout Handbook, the first editions of the Handbook for Patrol Leaders and the Scout Fieldbook, and the best-selling biography of Scouting’s founder, Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero. He was America’s first Wood Badge Scoutmaster, and spent his retirement years traveling the globe to train leaders, for which he was recognized as “Scoutmaster to the World.” He was recognized with the Silver Buffalo and Bronze Wolf Awards. He was a Vigil Honor member of Unami Lodge (Paragraph adapted from “Hillcourt Jamboree Staff Scholarships Awarded,” 2013). 

So too, these Arrowmen selected “have demonstrated a dedication to their communities through work with their local Scouting programs,” remarked 2017 National Chief Forrest Gertin. “We are excited to have them join the Operation Arrow team, and deepen their commitment to unselfish service.” 

Please join us in congratulating the Hillcourt Scholarship recipients. We look forward to fueling Scouting’s adventure with them this summer!