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.
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 1, 2016.
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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