Apply for $20,000 Legion scholarship

The American Legion Boys State and Auxiliary Girls State programs will soon get underway, and a scholarship is available for many of the youth who participate in either program.

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available for high school juniors who participate in the current session of Boys State or Girls State and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. The Samsung scholarship awards up to $20,000 for undergraduate studies (e.g.,room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her involvement in school and community activities, academic record and financial need.

Students who qualify for and are interested in the Samsung scholarship can download an application online here. Applications are submitted to program staff upon arrival to Boys State or Girls State. Please note that the scholarship is restricted to high school juniors participating in the current session of Boys State or Girls State; youth who participated in either program the previous year cannot reapply for the scholarship.

A Boy State and Girls State participant from each state is selected as a finalist for The American Legion Samsung Scholarship. During The American Legion’s Fall Meetings in October, the Samsung American Legion National Selection Committee will select and award nine finalists with a $20,000 Samsung scholarship; the 89 remaining finalists will receive a $1,100 scholarship. All scholarship recipients will be notified of their award by a letter in late October.

For the past 18 years, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $4.6 million in grants, through interest earned on the fund’s principal, to nearly 1,700 eligible applicants.


  1. My mom and dad are both 100% Service Connected War Veterans. After watching the struggles they go through and the help I had to provide for them, I have decided to go to college to get my Nursing Degree. There is so much the VA doesn't do for them. I want to help them and Veterans like them. I am graduating this year from Trinity Christian High School and don't want them to spend all the money they make and need on me, even though they are willing to suffer to do it. I kind of messed up my freshman year, when I had no clue what I wanted. But since then I have worked so hard to get a 3.0 which most scholorships require. Unfortunately, I came up barely short of that with a 2.96 GPA. Is there any help OR SCHOLORSHIPS OUT THERE FOR ME.
  2. My grandfather fought in WW2 and was awarded two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Valor in Combat. He was an American Legion Commander, Post 698, in Burgettstown, PA for over 20 consecutive years, . I am a senior in High School and recently won a State Wide youth preaching competition. Growing up I wanted to be a soldier for my family and country but, my Grandfather told me there are many ways to serve my fellow man and being a Preacher is one of them. Do you have any college scholarship funds available for someone like me? I come from a single parent (mother) home with no extra money. If so how do I apply? Thanks.
  3. To whom it may concern I am in need of educational benefits to help me pay for college is their any way you could help me. Thank you.
  4. Attending college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the fall of 2014.
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