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. In 2010, 10 $20,000 scholarships and 88 $1,000 scholarships were awarded.
Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either a Boys State or Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.
Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration.
Usually, applications are submitted to program staff upon participants' arrival at Boys State or Girls State.
Nine students to receive $20k Samsung
American Legion Scholarships
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 13, 2011) -- The American Legion National Committee on Education recently selected nine students for the 2011 Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Each student will receive a $20,000 scholarship for undergraduate studies.
The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available to high school juniors who participate in and complete the Boys State or Girls State programs and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for American Legion membership. Students who qualify for and are interested in the Samsung Scholarship must submit a completed application to program staff upon their arrival to Boys State or Girls State.
Recipients of the scholarship must use the funds for undergraduate studies (e.g., room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her school and community activities, academic record and financial need.
To date, the scholarship has awarded more than $4 million to nearly 1,500 applicants, making it the largest college scholarship the Legion awards.
The 2011 Samsung Scholars are:
Alex Jolley – Cedar City, Utah; Cedar High School
Jessica Ziniel – Iowa City, Iowa; Regina High School
Troy Cunio – Titusville, Fla.; Titusville High School
Andrew Lawrence – Ponca City, Okla.; Ponca City High School
John McCallum – Farmerville, La; Cedar Creek High School
Marie Goerger – Wyndmere, N.D.; Wyndmere High School
Lauren Wheeler – Bridgeport, W. Va.; Notre Dame High School
Steven Spellmon – Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Waynesville High School
Summer Stout – Hurricane, Utah; Hurricane High School