Baylor Dickerson of Bumpass, VirginiaUpdate: June 2011 Ms. Karen Grimord President and Founder Landstuhl Hospital Care Project
Dear Ms. Grimord
I hope this letter finds you well and that you are enjoying the beginning of summer. I am, especially since school is winding down and graduation is this weekend!
This letter is sent to thank you for helping me earn national rankings as the National Runner Up for the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year for 2011 and for taking first place as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Eagle Scout of the Year for 2011. I never envisioned my efforts would take me this far, nor did I ever think I would still have an opportunity to talk abut the sacrifices of our service personnel and the good work of the Wounded Warrior Ministry, as I have during this competition.
I am sure you will remember at the first of the year, when I asked you for a letter of recommendation to meet requirements for awards offered by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Both awards are separate, but similar, scholarship award programs that look exclusively at Eagle Scouts across America, in an attempt to select the “Best Eagle Scout in the Nation”. My applications were thorough, requiring a lot of research and writing to document my Scouting Career and Eagle Scout Project. Once submitted, the review process was also long and equally thorough with the final award being announced on June 9th at the Department of Virginia, Veterans of Foreign Wars Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia.
Reading the letters contained in the returned applications, I am thankful for the time and effort you placed in my letter and how much of an impact I know your letter offered in support of my applications. I cannot thank you enough and I appreciate your time in drafting your letter of recommendation, and especially in your interest in my efforts to have my Scouting work and Eagle Scout Project honored at the national level.
Announcements for both awards can be viewed on: www.legion.org, “What We Do” and “Scouting”, and www.vfw.org “Community” “Programs” “Scout of the Year”. At this time my awards total over $10,000, and are being sent directly to Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia as part of my tuition, or being placed in my “book fund” to pay for books and school computer.
Thank you again for all you have done to make my Eagle Scout project special and for your time and effort in writing my letter of endorsement. I feel that your words and letters made a difference. As you can imagine, the competition is intense and when competing in a field of over 1,000 Eagle Scouts, every letter is scrutinized and does define success for each applicant. Certainly, your letters made a difference for me.
Thank you for all you did towards my Eagle Scout Project, from Day 1 all the way to the End! It would not have been as successful without your help.Yours in Scouting Baylor Dickerson Eagle Scout, Class of 2009