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Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works.

High school girls, who have completed their Junior year, spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at Auxiliary-sponsored Girls State programs in every state (with the exception of Hawaii).

Participants learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation "senators" meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and possibly meet with state Representatives and Senators. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is oftentimes a meeting with the President of the United States at the White House.

Americanism Youth Conference

The Americanism Youth Conference is a unique program for high school students (grades 10 - 12) offering a rare opportunity for participation in a 4-day residential program at the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, Penn. Focused on the discussion of current issues facing the United States sessions and seminars approach these issues from a historical and global perspective on constitutional law and government. The program allows students to explore within themselves interpersonal skills and leadership potential. Participation is by invitation only and based on application and essay.

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, founded in 1949, celebrates the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights and their relevance to our daily lives. Their goal is to educate and inspire students and their teachers with the words, meanings and emotions that these founding documents convey, utilizing interactive programs that explore our history and debates that focus on Constitutional concepts in this changing world.

Girl Scout Achievement Award

AWARD: $1,000 Scholarship and a trip to the ALA National Convention.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must have earned the Girl Scout Gold award and be at least a Junior in High School.

  • Must be actively involved in a religious institution and must have received the appropriate religious emblem at the Cadette or Senior Scout level.

  • Must have demonstrated practical citizenship in the religious institution, school, Girl Scouting, and community.

  • Must submit at least one letter of recommendation with application from an individual representing one of the following: your church, school, community, or scout troop.

  • Submit a 500 word essay describing your Gold Award project. Explaining why you chose the project you did and how it made an impact on you and your community.

National President

The National President's scholarships are awarded to children of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for The American Legion. One $2,500 scholarship, one $2,000 scholarship, and one $1,000 in scholarship money will be awarded in each division. Ten outstanding students will be awarded a total of $27,500 to further their higher education. The applicant must complete fifty (50) hours of community service during his/her high school years to be eligible for one of these scholarships.

The Non-Traditional Student

There will be five scholarships, each in the amount of $1000, awarded in the 2007-2008 administrative year. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded in each division of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made.

The applicant also must be a student who has had at least one year of college and is in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Spirit of Youth

One Junior member in each division will receive a scholarship valued at $1,000 per year for four years (total $4,000). The applicant must have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the immediate past three years, currently hold a 2008 membership card, and continue to maintain her membership throughout the four-year scholarship period.

Tal Samsung

Samsung, a worldwide leader in electronics, endowed a scholarship fund of five million dollars to be administered by The American Legion. The endowment was made to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War. “The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program” established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the $5,000,000 principal amount. In 2003, seven $20,000 scholarships and 91 $1,000 scholarships were awarded.


High school juniors who participate in and complete either an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program and be a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion by the United States government: WW I -- April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918; WW II -- December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946; Korean War -- June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955; Vietnam War -- February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975; Lebanon and Grenada -- August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984; Panama -- December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990 and Persian Gulf War -- August 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities as determined by the United States government.


The scholarship is for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board. The selection of the scholarship winners will be based, in part, upon the following criteria: academic record, involvement in school activities, involvement in community activities, community service, financial need and additional bonus points in the selection process will be awarded to descendants of U.S. veterans of the Korean War.

For More Information Contact:

American Legion Post 155
P.O. Box 908, Crystal River, FL 34423-0908
Tel: 352-795-6526



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