Fifteen scholarships will be awarded for 2016. Three scholarships will be awarded in each Division of the American Legion Auxiliary: one in the amount of $3,500, one in the amount of $3,000 and one in the amount of $2,500. All are gift scholarships and not loans.
Candidates for this award shall be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion.
April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918 (WWI)
December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946 (WWII)
June 25, 1950 through January 31, 1955 (Korea)
February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975 (Vietnam)
August 24, 1982 through July 31, 1984 (Grenada and Lebanon)
December 20, 1989 through January 31, 1990 (Panama)
August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation of hostilities (Persian Gulf to present)
Applicants must be in their senior year of high school.
Previous National Presidents’ Scholarship recipients are not eligible for further consideration.
Participation in this scholarship program shall be on a voluntary basis in all Units and Departments.
No Unit may enter more than one candidate in the Department competition. Each Department is restricted to submitting one candidate to the Divisional competition.
The scholarship must be used within 24 months of the date the winner receives notification by National Headquarters, or the scholarship will be forfeited.
Applicant must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within the community during his/her high school years. Hours must be verified in writing by the recipient organization(s).
Applicants must present the completed application to the local American Legion Auxiliary Unit President ON OR BEFORE MARCH 1, 2016.
The winning entry for each Unit shall be certified by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit President and mailed to the Department Secretary, to be received ON OR BEFORE
MARCH 15, 2016.
Judging, at all levels, shall be on the following basis:
Financial Need 25%
THE DECISION OF THE JUDGES SHALL BE FINAL.
The award will be paid directly to the school for the first semester upon notification from the school that the student has registered. American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters must receive certification of enrollment within 12 months of a winner’s notification or the scholarship will be forfeited. The scholarship must be used within 24 months of the date the winner receives notification by National Headquarters, or the scholarship will be forfeited. Thus, if winning student does not wish to use monies for FIRST YEAR expenses, it must then be used for SECOND YEAR expenses or forfeited.
APPLICATION PACKET REQUIREMENTS
Completed application packet for National Presidents’ Scholarship.
The following four letters of recommendation are required:
One letter from either the principal or guidance counselor of the school from which the applicant will graduate, to include size of class and student's position in the class and the cumulative grade point average.
One letter from a clergyman/clergywoman of the applicant's choice.
Two letters from adult citizens, other than relatives, attesting to the applicant's character in regard to conduct, citizenship and leadership.
3. An original essay consisting of no more than 1,000 words (typed, double-spaced). The title of the essay will be "How Military Families are Keeping the Promise to Preserve our Freedom."
A letter from recipient organization(s) verifying 50 hours of voluntary service during high school years.
A certified transcript or photocopy of the applicant's high school grades.
A copy of ACT or SAT test scores.
A copy of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, or a copy of the FAFSA Summary Report and Confirmation Page, or the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
A brief statement of the military service of parent or grandparents, including the branch of service and dates of service, or a photocopy of parent’s or grandparent’s discharge papers.
EACH UNIT AND DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR VERIFYING ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IN THE APPLICANT'S PACKET.