Scholarship Opportunities through the American Legion


                                                   American Legion Post 346 Scholarship
                                                  
Two $5,000.00 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career oriented scholarships

                                                         will be awarded, one to a boy and one to a girl. This scholarship is funded by the Suzanne Sloat

                                                         and Ray Okonski Foundation. Mr. Ray Okonski is a strong proponent of 3-D printing technology as

                                                         an important element of an engineering degree that he feels strongly enhances the probability of a

                                                         successful and profitable career. In recent years, 100% of senior University of Detroit Mercy engineers,

                                                         with a 3-D printing background were offered full employment before graduation. While your choice of

                                                         college is unlimited, if a winning student is accepted and enrolls with the University of Detroit Mercy

                                                         and majors in 3-D printing, he or she will be awarded an additional $1,000.00. As the American Legion

                                                         is a Veterans Organization, we are asking that students are endorsed by a Veteran. If you do not have

                                                         a Veteran family member or friend, you may be eligible for an interview with the Post 346 Commander

                                                         for potential endorsement. Click the following links to download a scholarship application package.

                                                         Please download both files: Post 346 Scholarship application, Counselor report.

                                                  The American Legion Legacy Scholarship
                                                 
The Legacy Scholarship ensures higher education is possible for children of post 9/11 veterans. To

                                                        qualify and apply for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, you must be able to answer YES to

                                                        the following 3 questions.
                                                        1) Are you currently a high school senior and/or accepted at or attending an institution of higher education?
                                                        2) Is your institution of higher education a nonprofit and regionally-accredited institution?
                                                        3) Does at least one of the following statements apply to you?
                                                             a) A legal parent of mine died while serving on active duty, U.S. military service on or after

                                                             September 11, 2001.
                                                             b) A legal parent of mine is a Post-9/11 veteran of the U.S. military, who has been given a

                                                             disability rating of 50% or higher by the Veterans Administration.
                                                        If you can answer YES to these 3 questions, you may fill out an online application for the American

                                                        Legion Legacy Scholarship using the link above.

                                                   Samsung Scholarship
                                                  
Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered

                                                        by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's

                                                        aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War. Scholarship applications are restricted

                                                        to high school juniors who attend the current session of either The American Legion Boys State or American

                                                        Legion Auxiliary Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild,

                                                        etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime Veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the

                                                        periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.
                                                       
Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities,

                                                        community service and financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War Veterans

                                                        will receive a modest points advantage. Scholarships are due no later than the first day of a participant’s

                                                        American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program. All applications must

                                                        be submitted using the online application system by 11:59PM on this day. Click the links above for more     

                                                        information.

                                                 
The American Legion Baseball Scholarship
                                                 
In 2016, The American Legion awarded $22,000 in scholarships to deserving players. Each Department

                                                       Baseball Committee may select a player from their Department to receive this scholarship. The

                                                       American Legion will award several scholarships ($500 or more) this year depending on the number

                                                       of applicants and interest earned from the trust fund. Any team manager or head coach of an

                                                       American Legion (post-affiliated) team may nominate a player for consideration of this award. The

                                                       scholarship application, letters of recommendation and certification form must be completed, postmarked

                                                       and mailed to the Department headquarters no later than July 15. Click the links above for more

                                                       information.

                                                 
National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship
                                                 
Scholarships are awarded to the three finalists of the
National American Legion Oratorical Contest

                                                       each year. First place receives $18,000, second place $16,000 and third place $14,000. Each
                                                       individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives

                                                       a $1,500 scholarship. Each first-round winner who advances but does not qualify for the finals receives

                                                       an additional $1,500 scholarship. Scholarships may be used to attend any college or university in the

                                                       United States. In addition to the national organization’s scholarships, hundreds of scholarships are

                                                       awarded to participants by Posts, districts, counties and departments during earlier levels of competition.

                                                       Click the links above for more information.                               

                                                
Eagle Scout of the Year
                                      
           The American Legion honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention with a $10,000

                                                      scholarship. The three runners-up get $2,500. The nominee for Eagle Scout of the Year must: Be a

                                                      registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to

                                                      an American Legion Post, American Legion Auxiliary Unit or Sons of The American Legion Squadron.

                                                      OR be a registered, active member of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing

                                                      Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire, Sons of The American Legion or Auxiliary member.

                                                      AND 1) Receive the Eagle Scout Award. 2) Be an active member of his religious institution and must

                                                      have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem. 3) Have demonstrated practical citizenship

                                                      in church, school, Scouting, and community. 4) Have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high

                                                      school at the time of selection. 5) Reside in the department (state) to which he applies. Click the link above

                                                      for more information.      

                                               
The 8 & 40 Nurses Scholarship
                                            
    The 8 & 40 (an offshoot organization of the American Legion Auxiliary) is rooted in supporting the

                                                      medical community specifically those professionals directly involved in respiratory illnesses in children.

                                                      To request an application for the National Lung & Respiratory Scholarship please contact 8 & 40 Salon

                                                      National, PO Box 1108, Lake Dallas, Texas 75065-1108. Email requests are are also accepted at                

                                                      lasecretaire@8and40.org  Please include name, address, phone and email information in the request.

                                                      All completed applications must be received by May 15th each year. More information is contained in

                                                      the Nursing & Respiratory Scholarship Brochure.


                                                      Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship

                                                      It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of our servicemembers who preserve our freedom, but that is

                                                      not enough. The sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored. Providing funds

                                                      to assist these children so they can pursue higher education is a way of showing how much we, as a nation,

                                                      care. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship to

                                                      support the children of our warriors. These scholarships are awarded to 15 students annually who excel in

                                                      academics and volunteer in their communities. Three $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually per geo-

                                                      -graphic division, for a total of 15 scholarships. These scholarships are for undergraduate study only at a

                                                      four-year accredited college or university. Click the link above for more information.

                                                      Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
                                                      Getting a job or staying competitive in today’s workplace involves showing employers you have the skills

                                                      and experience to get the job done. In many cases, returning to college is a must. The American Legion

                                                      Auxiliary's goal is to do all we can to make that happen, and that’s what the Non-Traditional Student

                                                      Scholarship is all about. This scholarship helps people who are part of The Legion Family pursue a college

                                                      degree later in life or allow them to pick up where they left off when their studies were interrupted. One

                                                      $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually per Auxiliary geographic division. Applicant may be pursuing training

                                                      in a certified trade, professional, or technical program, or a two-year or four-year degree program. Click

                                                      the link above for more inormation.


                                                     
Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund
                                                      The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund is an umbrella that supports three separate scholarship opportunities

                                                      for participants in American Legion Auxiliary programs. One is for American Legion Auxiliary Junior members;

                                                      another is for the Honorary National Junior President; and one is for participants in the American Legion

                                                      Auxiliary Girls Nation program. We encourage all eligible young women to take advantage of these scholarship

                                                      opportunities and apply. Click the link above for more information.


                                                      American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan Medical Career Scholarship
                                                      Candidates shall be daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, sons, grandsons, great grandsons,

                                                      of honorably discharged or deceased men or women veterans eligable for American Legion membership.

                                                      The $500.00 grant is to apply toward the expense of tuition, room and board fees, books and supplies

                                                      necessary for pursuit of study at any school, college, or other education institution in the State of Michigan.

                                                      Applicants should be in the top quarter of their class. Scholarships restricted to students going into, or

                                                      completing their senior year of high school and entering their first year of college who qualify and are in need

                                                      of assistance. Click the link above for more information.



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