Legion scholarship awards $1.1 million to military children

Legion scholarship awards $1.1 million to military children

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship for 2019 is awarding over $1.1 million in financial aid to 57 children of the fallen and disabled. This is the largest amount awarded since the establishment of the scholarship in 2004.

The announcement was made by the Americanism Commission on May 9, to the National Executive Committee (NEC) during the organization's Spring Meetings in Indianapolis.

The Legacy Scholarship is available to children of veterans who died on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, or children of post-9/11 veterans who have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher. Recipients of the needs-based scholarship can receive up to $20,000 for six years for the expense of graduate or post-graduate tuition, books, room and board, meal plans and other supplies needed to achieve a higher education. The grant amount each scholarship recipient receives is 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.

Since the Legacy Scholarship's first grant in 2004, 366 military children of the fallen and disabled have received over $4.4 million in aid. Many recipients say the scholarship allows them to focus on their studies and not have to work a part-time job. Read testimonials here.

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. The American Legion Riders have been the most dedicated fundraiser and supporter of the Legacy Scholarship through their annual Legacy Run. The Run has raised over $1.8 million for the Legacy Scholarship Fund since 2016.

For more information about the Legacy Scholarship or to make a donation to the Legacy Scholarship Fund, visit www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy.