How many Eagle Scout’s are there at Williams? At least one!

A local Eagle Scout received quite a surprise this week at a banquet in Marion.

William Johnson was named national Scout of the Year by the national Veterans for Foreign Wars. He was presented a $5,000 scholarship through local VFW Post 12124.

This is the first time that’s ever happened in the state of mississippi. Johnson had to write multiple essays about his time and accomplishments in scouting.

“It’s the largest scholarship I’ve been awarded actually, so it’s really exciting to have earned a scholarship,” said Johnson.

Johnson will be going to Williams College in Masssachusetts.

Congrats to Johnson. One (sleazy?) thing that he and the VFW may not realize is that, if Johnson is on financial aid, Williams will just decrease the amount of his grant dollar-for-dollar to account for this award. In other words, he and his family will be paying Williams the same amount as they would have if he had not won. Whether that is a bug or a feature of the current financial aid system depends on your point of view . . .

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