April 15: American Legion Legacy Scholarship application deadline
American Legion Legacy Scholarship recipient Claudia Maynard (center) with her parents Aaron Maynard (left) and Yeri Maynard at their home in Windham, N.H., on Tuesday, March 9. Photo by Aram Boghosian/The American Legion

April 15: American Legion Legacy Scholarship application deadline

Children whose parents lost their lives while honorably serving on active duty on or after 9/11, as well as children of post-9/11 veterans with a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher, are eligible to apply for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship. The Legacy Scholarship provides financial aid for graduate or post-graduate tuition, books, room and board, meal plans and other supplies needed to achieve a higher education.

The 2021 application is online at legion.org/scholarships/legacy. The application deadline is April 15.

Since the Legacy Scholarship's first grant in 2004, 401 military children of the fallen and disabled have received over $3.6 million in aid.

Dennis A. Jallah III, a 2020 American Legion Legacy Scholarship recipient, shared in a letter to National Headquarters that "the financial support provided by this scholarship will enable me to continue pursuing my academic and personal growth as I embark on a new adventure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For that I am immensely grateful for the opportunity."

The Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship – 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. And 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.

Recipients will have a year to use the grant and may reapply to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship up to six times.

The 2021 American Legion Legacy Scholarship recipients will be selected by The American Legion’s Committee on Youth Education during the organization’s annual Spring Meetings in May. All applicants, whether recipients of the Legacy Scholarship or not, will be notified immediately thereafter.