Since the inception of The American Legion Legacy Scholarship in 2001 following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The American Legion has offered its support to the children of fallen post-9/11 servicemembers through this scholarship. Beginning with the 2017 award year, The American Legion expanded the scholarship to include children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a disability of 50 percent or higher. Our organization remains committed to honoring the memory and service of our fallen and disabled comrades by ensuring their children are afforded the best possible educational opportunities.

Despite the best efforts of our federal and state governments to offer financial aid, an ever-broadening gap in funding is still notable. Through its American Legion Legacy Scholarship, The American Legion is able to ensure the children of our fallen and disabled, post-9/11 veterans are able to cover the cost of their educations, including graduate school.

According to The College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2015, the average cost of tuition, fees and room/board is reflected below.

  • Public, Two-year, In-district
    • Tuition / Fees / Room & Board: $11,438
    • % Change from 2014-2015: ↑2.2%
  • Public, Four-Year, In-State
    • Tuition / Fees / Room & Board: $19.548
    • % Change from 2014-2015: ↑3.3%
  • Public, Four-year, Out-of-State
    • Tuition / Fees / Room & Board: $34,031
    • % Change from 2014-2015: ↑3.5%
  • Private, Nonprofit, Four-Year
    • Tuition / Fees / Room & Board: $43,921
    • % Change from 2014-2015: ↑3.5%

 

College tuition and fees increased every year since the 1980-81 school year, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Financial Aid Offered
The total amount of Legacy Scholarship money to be awarded varies based on the amount of donations received each year and the total amount of income derived from interest on the trust each year. Fifty percent of each amount is made available for awards each year – beginning with the 2017 award year. Each award made is good for one year and may be up to $20,000. The amount of each award is determined by the financial need of that student as determined by fiscal information provided by the applicant during the application process. Depending on the amount of total money available for award, the number of applicants and the total need in a given year, all applicants might not receive an award. However, The American Legion will strive to offer as many awards as possible.

Eligibility and Required Application Materials

Children of fallen post-9/11 servicemembers

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard and military reservists, who were federalized and died on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Official (Form DD1300) military death certificate
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, The Gunnery Sergeant Fry Scholarship, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • Breakdown of all education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program costs, meal plan, housing and transportation
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States

Children of post-9/11 veterans VA-rated 50% or higher disabled

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard and military reservists, who were federalized and received an injury while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 leading to a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating of 50 percent or higher
  • Official disability rating paperwork from VA
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • Breakdown of all education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program costs, meal plan, housing and transportation
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States


Deadline
All applications new or renewal must be submitted using the online scholarship submission system NO LATER THAN April 20.

Application
PLEASE CHECK BACK IN LATE 2016 FOR THE NEW ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM!

2015 Annual Report Information
2015 Total Scholarships Awarded: 32
2015 Amount of Scholarship Funds Awarded: $1,612 per awardee
Total Scholarships Awarded Since Inception: 182
Total Funds Awarded Since Inception: $442,709
PNC Helm Legacy Run Year (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015) Donations: $1,156,019

Contact: Legioned@legion.org with additional requests for information regarding annual reporting questions.

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