Congressman Gerald R. Ford received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America at the Grand Valley Council Anniversary Dinner on May 12, 1970. It consists of a medal, charm, and pin enclosed in a presentation box.

Note: The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) was established in 1969. It is granted to those Eagle Scouts who received the Eagle Scout rank 25 or more years ago, have gained status of fame or eminence in their life work, and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.