Other Scholarship Opportunities
through the American Legion and Auxiliary
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.
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
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
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
email@example.com 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
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.
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.
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