Online scholarship contest benefits Wisconsin youth

From April 3-14 this year, thousands of Wisconsin high-school students will have an opportunity to earn anywhere from $250 to $500 in college scholarships. And it’s all because of The American Legion Department of Wisconsin.

Since 2012, the department has offered an online scholarship contest that tests students on the U.S. Constitution, U.S. flag etiquette, and the U.S., state and county government. The test is open to students in grades 10-12; $500 scholarships are awarded to the top 13 senior finishers, while $250 scholarships go to the top 16 junior and top 16 sophomore finishers.

Participants have 60 minutes to complete the 50-question test and essay question. The top scores are pulled from each Department of Wisconsin district, and the winners are then determined based on the essay question.

“I think it’s important to test the students about what they’ve learned about the Constitution and what they’ve retained from that,” said Dawn Brauner, programs coordinator for the department. “And we needed to do it in a digital format because that’s what the kids are doing. A lot of kids already take paperless tests in school. It’s important for us to offer the same type of format.”

Nearly 5,000 students participated in the program in 2016, and more than 15,000 have participated since Brauner took over the program in 2014.

For more information about the test, click here.