Legion awards nine $20,000 scholarships

The American Legion National Committee on Education recently selected nine students to receive $20,000 for the 2011 Samsung American Legion Scholarship. An additional 89 students were awarded $1,100 each.

The nine 2011 Samsung Scholars are:

• Alex Jolley - Cedar City, Utah • Jessica Ziniel - Iowa City, Iowa• Troy Cunio - Titusville, Fla. • Andrew Lawrence - Ponca City, Okla.• John McCallum - Farmerville, La. • Marie Goerger - Wyndmere, N.D. • Lauren Wheeler - Bridgeport, W. Va.• Steven Spellmon - Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.• Summer Stout - Hurricane, Utah

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available to high school juniors who participate in and complete the Boys State or Girls State programs and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. Students who qualify for and are interested in the Samsung Scholarship must submit a completed application to program staff upon their arrival to Boys State or Girls State.

Recipients of the scholarship must use the funds for undergraduate studies (e.g., room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her school and community activities, academic record and financial need.