The American Legion was founded in 1919 and have provided scholarships for many years. Students of a variety of backgrounds may be eligible to participate in these scholarships programs. Some of these scholarships will require that students demonstrate financial need, so you may want to consider filing a FAFSA application as early as possible. After completing the FAFSA application, if you still need funding to supplement the cost of your education, consider applying for one of these American Legion Scholarships:
Legacy Scholarship: This scholarship was created to help children who had a parent die during the September 11th attacks. Since the death of a parent causes a huge loss and overall decrease in family income, these scholarships aim to help students defray the cost of obtaining a college education. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be a current senior in high school who has been accepted to a college or university that is accredited. Additionally, the applicant must have a parent who is a veteran post 9-11 in the military or have had a military parent who died on of post-September 11th. Additional information about this scholarship, as well as application instruction, can be found here.
Samsung American Legion Scholarship: This scholarship is open to children (and grandchildren) of veterans who served during one of the following wars: Korean War, Persian Gulf War, World War I, Panama, World War II, Lebanon/Grenada, and the Vietnam War. Students must attend either the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program or the Boys State program. Additionally, only applicants who are in their junior year of high school will be considered for this scholarship.
Students are selected for this scholarship based on a number of criteria. For example, applications are reviewed for evidence of extracurricular involvement, financial need, academic achievement, and community service. Students who are descents of veterans of the Korean War are given preference. Students are required to show proof that their relative participated during one of the aforementioned wars. Additional information about which documentation is acceptable and application instructions can be found at this website.
National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students who are in high school. The scholarships range in value from $1,500 to $18,000. The third place winner receives a scholarship worth $14,000, the second place winner gets a $16,000 scholarship, and the first prize is worth $18,000. Additionally, a number of finalists are awarded scholarships that are valued at $1,500. Each state has at least one representative who is eligible to compete in this contest. High school students are given a topic (i.e., a recent topic was about the Constitution). They then have a brief amount of time to prepare their speech. Students compete in order to have the most convincing argument.
Students from any high school grade are able to compete. These scholarships can be used at any accredited college or university. Full details about how to apply to the Oratorical Contest are available at this link.