Since the inception of The American Legion Legacy Scholarship in 2001 following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The American Legion has offered its support to the children of fallen post-9/11 servicemembers through this scholarship. Beginning with the 2017 award year, The American Legion expanded the scholarship to include children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a combined disability rating of 50 percent or higher. Our organization remains committed to honoring the memory and service of our fallen and disabled comrades by ensuring their children are afforded the best possible educational opportunities.

Financial Aid Offered
The total amount of Legacy Scholarship money to be awarded varies based on the amount of donations received each year and the total amount of income derived from interest on the trust each year. Fifty percent of each amount is made available for awards each year – beginning with the 2017 award year. Each award made is good for one year and may be up to $20,000. The amount of each award is determined by the financial need of that student as determined by fiscal information provided by the applicant during the application process. Depending on the amount of total money available for award, the number of applicants and the total need in a given year, all applicants might not receive an award. However, The American Legion will strive to offer as many awards as possible.

Eligibility and Required Application Materials

Children of fallen post-9/11 servicemembers

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard and military reservists, who were federalized and died on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Official (Form DD1300) military death certificate
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, The Gunnery Sergeant Fry Scholarship, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • Breakdown of all education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program costs, meal plan, housing and transportation
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States

Children of post-9/11 veterans VA-rated 50% or higher disabled

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard and military reservists, who were federalized and received an injury while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 leading to a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating of 50 percent or higher
  • Official disability rating paperwork from VA
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • Breakdown of all education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program costs, meal plan, housing and transportation
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States


Deadline
All applications new or renewal must be submitted using the online scholarship submission system beginning November 15 and NO LATER THAN March 1, 2018.

The Legacy Scholarship online application is now closed for 2017.

2017 Annual Report Information
2017 Total Scholarships Awarded: 55
2017 Amount of Scholarship Funds Awarded: $671,892
Total Scholarships Awarded Since Inception: 268
Total Funds Awarded Since Inception: $1,164,573
Past National Commander Dale Barnett's Legacy Run Year (Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016) Donations: $1,301,211

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