The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program” established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the $5,000,000 principal amount. In 2012, nine $20,000 scholarships and 88 $1,100 scholarships were awarded.
High school juniors who participate in and complete an American Legion Boys State Program and are a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion by the United States government:
WW I -- April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
WW II -- December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korean War -- June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
Vietnam War -- February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
Lebanon and Grenada -- August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
Panama -- December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
Persian Gulf War -- August 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities as determined by the United States government.
You can obtain a DD214 form (proves eligibility) through the attached Standard Form 180
Applications need to be completed on line by the start of the Badger Boys State Session. Applications are to be mailed to:
Go to http://www.legion.org/samsung-scholarship-application for the application. You will need to create a log in to complete the application.
The scholarship is for undergraduate study only and may be used for: tuition, books, fees, and room and board. The selection of the scholarship winners will be based, in part, upon the following criteria: academic record; involvement in school activities; involvement in community activities; community service; financial need and additional bonus points in the selection process will be awarded to descendants of U.S. veterans of the Korean War.