Scholarship information on the Legion website.
The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Legion facilitates the awarding of millions of dollars in scholarships to high school students. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.
NOTE: Each Post has it's own list of Scholarships and other Programs. Encourage your Legionnaires to place a high priority for the further education of our children. List the scholarships your Post sponsors. Use below as a model.
Boys State Scholarship
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.
Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.
American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
Stevens Creek Post 642 Scholarship Award
This scholarship program is established as a memorial to our departed comrades and to honor their families.
It is the fondest desire of this American Legion Post to inspire the recipients accepting this scholarship award to further their educational endeavors by attaining the highest educational qualities and achievements as possible during while enrolled in college.
- This scholarship shall be limited to the Post members sons, daughters, or grandchildren who reside in the United States and its territories.
- All nominees must be related to a present Post member with at least one year of continuous membership or a deceased (paid up at the time of death) member of Post 642 in good standing within the United States of America or it’s territories.
- Nominees must be a graduating senior in high school with a grade point average or 3.5 or higher from any accredited high school (public, private or state/county tested, approved, recognized and accepted home teaching method).
- Nominees must attend either an accredited 2/4 year college or university or a technical college
- The scholarship award shall be in the amount of $1000 US Dollars.
- The Post will award a minimum of 1 separate scholarship award of $1000 US Dollars each year
The scholarhip window opens on 1 March each year and applications must be submitted NLT 1 May. Please contact the Post Scholarhip Officer if you have any questions or would like to receive an application.