Northern Star Eagle Awarded Top National Scholarship

Luke Gentle Receives the $48,000 Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Scholarship

Congratulations to Luke Gentle of Troop 582 and Crew 188 of St. Michael Minnesota! He was selected for the National Eagle Scout Association’s largest scholarship, established by Lawrence S. Cooke in memory of his late wife, Mabel, which provides $48,000 (up to $12,000 each year) for college. Only one scholarship is awarded annually.

Luke will attend Drake University this fall, majoring in Computer Science and Data Analytics. This scholarship recognizes his incredible academic, extracurricular and Scouting accomplishments.

Luke said: “I was shocked, as I really didn’t expect to win, but am so extremely grateful! It will have a huge impact on my future, as did Scouting.” When asked about some of those benefits he responded: “Through Scouting, I’ve been able to meet new people, make new friends and gain valuable leadership skills that are hard to learn anywhere else. I’ve also gained important life skills such as first aid and a commitment to service.”

A favorite among many of those service opportunities was assisting with his brother’s Eagle project, building ramps for a service dog facility. Luke has been a leader in his troop and crew, as well as in the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society of service. He has held many leadership positions in both his Northern Lights Chapter, as well as the Totanhan Nakaha Lodge, where he serves as Executive Vice Chief and is a Vigil Member.

Other Scouting highlights include attending the 100th Anniversary National Order of the Arrow Conference, serving as a member of the Crew 188 Ceremonies Team for Cub to Scout crossovers and OA inductions, as well as camping with his troop at Many Point every summer.

Luke has earned 18 Eagle Palms and 111 merit badges. He was also awarded a Northern Star Council $1,000 Eagle Scout Scholarship in 2018.

Among many accomplishments as a student at Rogers High School, Luke has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, as well as on the Dean’s List at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He earned Academic Letters all four years and formed a team for Knowledge Bowl, where he served as Team Captain, lettered and made All Conference. He also enjoyed time as a staff write and web editor at The Campus Eye, a newspaper at Anoka-Ramsey. Luke was the President of the Computer Science Club and chosen as the Outstanding Student of the Year in Computer Science. Luke also helped other students, serving as an academic tutor for chemistry, pre-calculus, calculus and computer science at Anoka Ramsey Community College, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at both Anoka-Ramsey and Rogers High School.

We extend a Scout salute Luke and are proud to have him represent our council. Check out these photos that chronicle some of the fun and adventure of Luke’s Scouting journey.

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Northern Star Eagle Awarded Top National Scholarship