Eligibility: High school boys and girls who are sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters of members of the Virginia American Legion family who exemplify the spirit and true American values and have been admitted to an accredited four-year college or university.
Current scholarships are limited to those entering the freshman class. Awards in follow on years will be considered as funds are available providing the student has a 3.5 GPA or higher. Awards are intended for the fall semester.
Pay close attention to the scholarship deadline. If mailed, it must be postmarked no later than 1 March. If submitted online, the deadline is no later than midnight 1 March.
The PDF & online application can be accessed at www.valegion.org under Programs/Scholarships. If submitting the form online, do not use internet explorer as there are difficulties entering data in some fields.
For more information and application click Here.
American Legion Post 290 Scholarships
Annual Scholarship Awards and Leadership Medallions are available!
The Post's Scholarship and Medallion Application Due Date is 21 April!
**PLEASE BRING YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOU TO THE INTERVIEW**
Interviews for the Post 290's Scholarship and Medallion Awards will be announced on this website.
Each year, the members of Post 290 provide a total of $5000 in scholarship awards to deserving graduating seniors from Stafford County High Schools. This is a one-time, non-recurring monetary award that is payable to the college or university of the student's choice and is applied directly to his or her student account. Eligibility criteria and application forms can be found Here or available through the high school guidance counselors, usually in February.
After reviewing the applications, the scholarship committee will conduct interviews with the candidates on TBD date and time The scholarships will be awarded at each applicable high school's Senior Awards Night.
Stafford Unit 290 Scholarship
Boys State Scholarships
The applications and deadlines for applications for scholarships to attend the Virginia Boys State will be posted when available at the Boys State tab.
For more information on Boys State, please go to: https://www.legion.org/boysnation/stateabout.
Exceptional JROTC Scholarship Awards
American Legion Post 290 provides recognition to deserving JROTC students who have demonstrated military and scholastic excellence. Candidates are nominated by their JROTC instructors for these awards.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 290 Scholarships
Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary Stafford Unit 290 awards the Virginia B. White Scholarship, a $1000 award, to a graduating senior from each Stafford County High School. Eligibility criteria and application forms are found Here and are available through the high school guidance counselors in January. After reviewing the applications, the scholarship committee will select the winners and award the scholarships at each applicable high school's Senior Awards Nights. The Department of Virginia American Legion Auxiliary offers the following scholarships. Click the scholarship for more info:
For Department Scholarship applications, see your Guidance Counselor or visit the Department of Virginia Auxiliary website at www.vaauxiliary.org.
The National American Legion Auxiliary offers a number of scholarships including but not limited to:
Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship
Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members
$1000 x 5
For National Auxiliary Scholarship applications, see your Guidance Counselor or visit www.alaforveterans.org/scholarships.
American Legion National Scholarships
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to an eligible applicant have been utilized.
WHO - Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
WHO - Children of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs also qualify.
WHAT - Each needs-based scholarship provides up to $20,000 in aid for undergraduate or post-graduate college. Recipients may reapply for additional annual awards up to six times.
WHEN - Please see the Legacy Scholarship website for due dates and additional information.
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. To date, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $5.5 million to approximately 2,069 applicants.
Award Amounts - Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies and applied toward tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community service.
Ten National Scholars receive $10,000 each (two from each region)
Ten National Runners-Up receive $5,000 each (two from each region)
Remaining Department Finalists receive $1,250 each guaranteed
Eligibility- Scholarship applications are restricted to high school juniors who attend the current session of either The American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime U.S. military veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.
* World War I - Apr. 6, 1917 - Nov. 11, 1918
* World War II - Dec. 7, 1941 - Dec. 31, 1946
* Korean War - June 25, 1950 - Jan. 31, 1955
* Vietnam War - Feb. 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
* Lebanon/Grenada - Aug. 24, 1982 - Jul. 31, 1984
* Panama - Dec. 20, 1989 - Jan. 31, 1990
* Persian Gulf War - Aug. 2, 1990 - Until cessation of hostilities
* Includes Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, & War on Terrorism
Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War Veterans will receive 3 bonus points.
Applicants with membership to the American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion will receive a bonus point. Or, they can receive a bonus point by uploading a membership card of a parent. No more than one bonus point for an application.
Deadline - Scholarships are due no later than the first day of a participant’s American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.
THIS MEANS THAT APPLICANTS USUALLY ARE JUNIORS IN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, NOT SENIORS (since seniors do not attend Boys State after graduation)!!
All applications must be submitted using the online application system by 11:59PM on this day. Applications will not be modified after the due date or given a deadline extension under any circumstance.
Participants should check their individual program coordinator as to whether or not the coordinator desires them to bring a hard copy of their submitted application materials. If a hard copy is required, participants will need to complete their application PRIOR to arrival at their respective program.
For more information and the scholarship form, please go to:
The American Legion Baseball Scholarship
The American Legion awards between $22,000 and $25,000 in scholarships to deserving baseball players each year. Each Department Baseball Committee may select a player from its department to receive this scholarship. The American Legion will award several scholarships each year depending on the number of applicants and interest earned from the trust fund. For more information click Here.