Scholarships

The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.

The American Legion Need a Lift is a comprehensive scholarship guide that is published each year. Scholarship information from the Legion Family can be found on the American Legion Need a Lift website.


Children of Warriors National President Scholarship
• Candidates for this award shall be daughters, stepdaughters, sons, stepsons, grandsons, step- grandsons, granddaughters, step-granddaughters, greatgranddaughters, step-great-granddaughters, great-grandsons, step-great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion listed below.
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
Desert
Shield/Storm
Gulf War/War on Terrorism August 2, 1990 to Present
• Applicants must also be in their senior year of high school.
• Fifty hours of community service must be completed in order to be eligible.
• Application is due March 1 to Unit.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
• Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or
Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years
and for the calendar year in which application is made.
• Applicants must also be a student returning to the classroom after some period of
time in which his/her formal education was interrupted or a non-traditional student
who is just beginning his/her education at a later point in life.
• Application is due March 1 to Unit.

Samsung Scholarship
• Applicants must be high school juniors who attend either American Legion Auxiliary
Girls State or American Legion Boys State.
• Applicants must be direct descendants (i.e., child, grandchild, great-grandchild or
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 (See above under Children of Warriors
Scholarship).
• Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special
consideration.
• Applications are due at the Girls or Boys State Sessions.

Spirit of Youth Scholarship
• Junior members who have been a part of ALA for three consecutive years, and have
paid all of their dues (including the year in which a Junior is wanting to apply for a
scholarship).
• Applicants must also be in their senior year of high school.
• Application is due March 1 to Unit.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund
• The American Legion awards this scholarship to applicants who are seniors or
graduates of high school.
• The applicant’s parent(s) must have been active-duty military, Guard or Reserve who
were federalized and died while serving our country on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
• Application must be postmarked by April 15 to The American Legion National
Headquarters.

Girls Scout Achievement Award Scholarship - No longer awarded at National Level


More information about scholarships can be found at the National American Legion Site here.