The American Legion Legacy Scholarship


Since the inception of The  American Legion Legacy Scholarship immediately following the terrorist attacks  of September 11, 2001, The American Legion offers its support to the children  of fallen post-9/11 service members through this annual scholarship. It remains  our civic duty and a point of pride to ensure these children are able to  receive the best education possible after losing a parent in defense of this  country.


While our federal and some  state governments offer significant aid to this class of children whose parents  were lost in war, a funding gap remains. The American Legion through its Legacy  Scholarship is able to bridge the financial needs gap to ensure these children  are able to cover the cost of their education. Currently, the average cost of  one-year’s tuition and fees is $9,139 for in-state public universities, $22,958  for out-of-state students at a public university, and $31,231 at a private  university. These numbers may only rise, as the cost of college tuition has  been rising at a rate of roughly 7% per year for decades.


For our children of the  fallen, The American Legion stands ever vigilant to help defray these costs.


Aid offered


The amount of aid and number of awards depend upon the income derived from the trust. Scholarship recipients may re-apply for the award.



Those eligible to apply for the scholarship shall be the child/children or legally adopted child/children or a child of a spouse by a 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 die on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The applicant must be a high school senior or high school graduate to apply for the scholarship. Scholarship is for undergraduate study at an accredited institution of higher education within the United States.


Application must be post marked no later than April 15.


New Application / Renewal Application


New applicants are required to complete a NEW APPLICATION. The online application is a fillable PDF and may be completed electronically. The completed application must then be printed in order to submit to The American Legion National Headquarters.


Returning applicants are required to complete a RENEWAL APPLICATION. The online application is a fillable PDF and may be completed electronically. The completed application must then be printed in order to submit to The American Legion National Headquarters.


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 The American Legion Baseball Scholarship


In 2014, The American Legion awarded $16,500 in scholarships to deserving players. Each Department Baseball Committee may select a player from their Department to receive this scholarship. The American Legion will award several scholarships this year depending on the number of applicants and interest earned from the trust fund.

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Samsung American Legion Scholarship


Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the principal amount. In 2014, nine $20,000 scholarships and 89 $1,100 scholarships were awarded. To date, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $5.2 million to nearly 1,800 applicants.



Scholarship applications are restricted to high school juniors who attend the current session of either The American Legion Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.


Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration.



Applications are submitted to program staff upon participants' arrival to Boys State or Girls State.



Applications must be filled out online (not handwritten) and printed for submission.


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Eagle Scout of the Year


The American Legion honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention with a $10,000 scholarship. The three runners-up get $2,500. Further information is available from department adjutants or the Americanism Division.


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 Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund


The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship was established to assist registered nurses with advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration or teaching. Students must have employment prospects in specific positions in hospitals, clinics or health departments upon completion of their education, and the position must have a full-time and direct relationship to pediatric lung and respiratory control.


Aid offered

Scholarship awards are $3,000 each.



Applicants must have a current registered nurse license.

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Deadline for application is May 15, and recipients are announced July 1.


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