American Legion Legacy Scholarship recipient Molly Albrecht at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. on Monday, November 6, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth/The American Legion

April 9 deadline for 2018 Legacy Scholarship applications

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship application for 2018 is online for new and returning applicants to fill out. Applications must be completed and submitted by April 9.

The Legacy Scholarship is available for children whose parents lost their lives while honorably serving on active duty on or after 9/11, as well as for children of post-9/11 veterans with a combined 50 percent or higher VA disability rating.

The renewable scholarship will award up to $20,000 for the expense of graduate or post-graduate tuition, books, room and board, meal plans, transportation and other supplies needed to achieve a higher education. In 2017, the scholarship awarded 55 grants totaling $671,892.

Apply online here.

The Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based one. The grant amount each scholarship recipient will receive will be based on his or her financial need after all federal and state aid is exhausted. Recipients will have a year to use the grant and may reapply to the scholarship up to six times. The number of scholarships awarded and the amount of financial aid granted to each awardee (this includes returning applicants) will be determined on donations to the scholarship fund and one's financial needs.

Scholarship recipients are selected by The American Legion’s Committee on Youth Education during the organization’s annual Spring Meetings in May.

The American Legion Legion Riders are a major fundraiser for the Legacy Fund, raising over $8.9 million since 2006. For more information about the Legacy Scholarship or to donate, visit www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy.