The American Legion National Committee on Education recently selected nine students for the 2011 Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Each student will receive a $20,000 scholarship for undergraduate studies.

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.

To date, the scholarship has awarded more than $4 million to nearly 1,500 applicants, making it the largest college scholarship the Legion awards.

The 2011 Samsung Scholars are:

Alex Jolley - Cedar City, Utah; Cedar High School

Jessica Ziniel - Iowa City, Iowa; Regina High School

Troy Cunio - Titusville, Fla.; Titusville High School

Andrew Lawrence - Ponca City, Okla.; Ponca City High School

John McCallum - Farmerville, La; Cedar Creek High School

Marie Goerger - Wyndmere, N.D.; Wyndmere High School

Lauren Wheeler - Bridgeport, W. Va.; Notre Dame High School

Steven Spellmon - Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Waynesville High School

Summer Stout - Hurricane, Utah; Hurricane High School

-30-Contact: Charles Graybiel at 317-630-1209.