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18 students receive Legacy Scholarship

Through its Legacy Scholarship, The American Legion ensures that the children of military parents who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, achieve their dream of attending college. This includes legally adopted children or children of a spouse by a prior marriage.

The renewable scholarship helps high school seniors preparing to attend college, or graduates working toward an undergraduate degree, with the expense of tuition, books, room and board, and other supplies needed for college. The scholarship can also be used toward private or out-of-state colleges.

The new and returning American Legion Legacy Scholarship recipients will receive nearly $3,000 each. The following is a list of the 2012 recipients:

New recipients:

Christina Beeler, Sparta, Wis.

Daniel Bertolino, Murrieta, Calif.

Stephen Bertolino Jr., Murrieta, Calif.

Jessica Coleman, Yelm, Wash.

Taylor B. Curry, APO AE (Italy)

Tyler Hattamer, Gwinn, Mich.

Olivia Murphy-Sweet, Mechanicsburg, Penn.

Jessica Rogers, Hiawassee, Ga.

Britnee VanVyve, Yucaipa, Calif.

Returning recipients:

Alexander Bauer, Pipestone, Minn.

Samuel Bauer, Pipestone, Minn.

Chantel Jeffries, Honolulu

Sean McVey, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Cecilia Rovinski, Monmouth, Ill.

Timothy Stein, Colchester, Ill.

Rochelle Wert, Kingsley, Mich.

Eric Witt, Springfield, Ohio

Eva Witt, Springfield, Ohio

If you or someone you know is eligible to apply for the Legacy Scholarship, visit for application information. And for details on how to donate to the Legacy Scholarship Fund, and to see a list of frequently asked questions about the scholarship, click here.


  1. My congratulations indeed, to the "... 18 students" benefiting as recipients of the American Legion's "Legacy Scholarship" award. Our children are indeed, the posterity (and legacy) of their parents (and their other ancestral forebears), and are potentially tomorrows' scientists, physicians, engineers, school teachers, innovators, educators, administrators, and LEADERS. We must never forget the supreme sacrifice paid by their fathers and mothers whom fought so valiantly that their children, America, and its children can remain free, and where the "doors of opportunity" can still remain open to hope and achievement; though, at the present time, our country continues to experience great financial indebtedness; and a slow, but gradually improved economy in these difficult times. EDUCATION (along with perseverance), and motivation to excel is indeed, the key to a more prosperous and thriving future for our children, and their posterity (that is, their children's children). As a former Marine, recognizing the axiom, and (Latin) motto "Semper Fidelis" ("Always Faithful"), and its meaningful complement "Gung Ho", meaning ("Work Harmoniously") now, and in the future, I would hope to visualize and experience a better, and improved world socially and intellectually for humanity. That opportunity is extended to our "Legacy" scholars. To our scholars in their respective fields of study in education I say, take advantage of these opportunities while you still can, and excel!
  2. First i must say thank you for supporting veteran such, as my father. i pray am able to receive your scholarship and further my education.
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