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Samsung scholarship applications available

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available for 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. 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 school and community activities, academic record and financial need.

“I feel extremely honored to have been selected for this prestigious scholarship award that recognizes service, leadership and academic achievement,” said 2010 Samsung recipient Samantha Lessen from Louisiana. “The American Legion is well-known for its community involvement and patriotism, and association with such an influential organization comes as not only an honor to me, but also serves as a tribute to the service my grandfather provided during the Korean War.”

Students who qualify for and are interested in the Samsung scholarship should contact their American Legion Boys State or Girls State program to determine an application deadline and procedure for submitting the application. Click here to download a 2011 application for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship.

“This financial support will make a significant difference, but most of all I am honored to be recognized as worthy of this scholarship,” said 2010 Samsung recipient Spencer Farley from Nebraska. “Earlier this year I was an exchange student in Norway. While I was there, I participated in a class trip to Omaha Beach and the D-Day Museum in Normandy. The experience was one I will never forget as it left me with an even deeper appreciation for the men and women who have served this country.”