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The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Legion facilitates the awarding of millions of dollars in scholarships to high school students. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs. The Legion also publishes a valuable resource in “Need a Lift?” – a comprehensive guide to seeking and obtaining scholarships.
Post 68 / JROTC Scholarship and Medal Awards
Post 68 has established the John Edwin Jacobs Scholarship, the William F. Walsh JROTC Military Excellence Medal and the Post 68 JROTC Scholastic Excellence Medal.
Boys & Girls State Scholarship
American Legion Boys & Girls State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.
Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Girls State has been similarly established.
At American Legion Boys State & Girl State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.
VET Scholarship for POW Families
As we approach a time where students are starting to receive acceptance at various colleges and universities throughout the country, I want to make you aware of a scholarship that is available to students whose relatives were POWs. Only 27 of these scholarships were given last year and there is an abundance of funds available for students who qualify. Attached are files which will show the criteria as well as the application Process. FILE-1 and FILE-2