The American Legion Legacy Scholarship

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship

The American Legion is delighted to announce “The American Legion Legacy Scholarship” to a high school senior and/or accepted at or attending an institution of higher education.  The organization is committed to honoring the memory and service of their fallen and disabled comrades by ensuring that their children are afforded the best possible educational opportunities. The American Legion expanded the scholarship to include children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a disability of 50 percent or higher. The number of awards varies and each award made is good for one year and may be up to $20,000.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Eligibility:

Students selected to receive these scholarships must also meet the following criteria:

Eligibility for Children of fallen post-9/11 service members are given below

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by 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 died on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States

Eligibility for Children of post-9/11 veterans VA-rated 50% or higher disabled

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by 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 received an injury while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 leading to a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating of 50 percent or higher
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States

How to Apply:

For applying to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Application you may sign in through the given link:

https://www.legion.org/legacy-scholarship-application

Supporting Documents:

Please include all of the following documents with your application

Documents for Children of fallen post-9/11 service members

  • Official (Form DD1300) military death certificate
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, The Gunnery Sergeant Fry Scholarship, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education

Documents for Children of post-9/11 veterans VA-rated 50% or higher disabled

  • Official disability rating paperwork from VA
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States
  • DD214 showing dates of service and condition of discharge

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The total amount of Legacy Scholarship money varies based on a number of donations but award amount may be up to $20,000.

Application Deadline:

All applications for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship must be received no later than April 20, 2017.

Link for More Information:

https://www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy

Contact Information:

If you cannot find the information you are looking for at either location, you may contact finance-at-legion.org or legacyfund-at-legion.org or additional inquiries.

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