Local Eagle Scout receives national scholarship

MARION, Miss. (WTOK) -- A local Eagle Scout received quite a surprise this week at a banquet in Marion.

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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. VFW Post 12124 also finished as "all American" and ended up second in the world.