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Scholarships


 American Legion Scholarships


The American Legion family has several programs that provide college or advanced education scholarships in various forms for our community and our veterans in local, state, and national programs. This document provides brief descriptions and website links to access more information about these scholarships and programs.


I.  Damascus American Legion Post 171 members work throughout the entire year to earn money to fund the scholarship programs they sponsor.


        A.  The Oratorical Contest scholarship program gets underway in December of each year.  The actual competitions begin in January.  High School aged students compete with orations they write about various aspects of our Constitution. Interested parties should click on the link below for more information.  The Post provides monetary awards for a first, second and third place in the Post competition.  The first place winner then goes on to compete in the Department of Maryland competition. 


        B.  The Boys State program.  This is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.  At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments.     Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

             Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by the sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization. 

             Boys State participants may be eligible to apply for the Samsung               American Legion Scholarship.  Details may be found at:  
        http://www.legion.org/scholarships/samsung

        C.  Scholarships for High School Seniors. This year Post 171 will award five scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 each, to high school seniors who will be beginning college or other institution of higher learning, full time for the scholastic year of 2018-2019.  Applicants will be judged on scholastic achievement, leadership, character, work experience, their submitted essay, and school and community activities. Complete details are listed on the scholarship application, which is available for pick up at the career centers in Damascus HS, Clarksburg HS, Watkins Mill HS, Sherwood HS, Seneca Valley HS, Linganore HS, Oakdale HS and the American Legion Post Home at 10201 Lewis Dr. Damascus MD, tel. (301) 253-0769, or by clicking on the link below. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2018.  


                         Download Scholarship Application for Post 171

II.  
The Damascus American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 scholarship program includes scholarships for female students who are interested in furthering their education in institutions of higher learning. Applicants will be judged on scholastic achievement, leadership, character, work experience, their submitted essay, and school and community activities. Complete details are listed on the scholarship application, which will be available in late January 2018, for pick up at the career centers in Damascus HS, Clarksburg HS, the American Legion Post Home at 10201 Lewis Dr. Damascus MD, tel. (301) 253-0769), or by clicking on the link below. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 2, 2018.  

         Download PP Medical Scholarship Application for Auxiliary Unit 171


          Download General Scholarship Application for Auxiliary Unit 171

             A.  High School Seniors General Scholarship Program. This year Auxiliary Unit 171 will be offering two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000, for female High School Seniors. Applicants will be judged as described above.

             B.  Medical CareerProgram.  This year Auxiliary Unit 171 will offer one scholarship for females in the medical career field in the amount of $1,000. Students may be in High School or College and may be granted this scholarship award up to four times.

             C.  Girl's State Program. This is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government. At Girls State, participants learn the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments.     Operated by students elected to various offices, Girls State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

                  Legion Auxiliary units select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring unit, a local business or another community-based organization.

                  Girls State participants may be eligible to apply for the Samsung                American Legion Scholarship.  Details may be found at:  
             http://www.legion.org/scholarships/samsung

II.   
SAL Squadron 171 Scholarship

        A.  The SAL sponsors one additional Post 171 High School Seniors scholarship.

III.  
The American Legion, Department of Maryland scholarship programs include their General Scholarship and the Oratorical Contest. 

        A.  The General Scholarship is available to children and grandchildren of veterans. Applicants will be judged on scholastic achievement, leadership, character, their submitted essay, and school and community activities.  Complete details are listed on the scholarship application which may be downloaded using the link below. Applications must be received no later than April 9, 2018.  

                         www.mdlegion.org/Forms/genschlo.pdf

        B.  The Department participates in the National Baseball Scholarship           Program.  Post baseball participants are nominated by the Department to receive this scholarship.  Information about this scholarship may be found at http://www.legion.org/scholarships/baseball

IV.   
The National American Legion scholarship program includes several scholarships.

        A.  The Legacy Scholarship
        B.  The Baseball Scholarship
        C.  The Samsung American Legion Scholarship
        D.  The National High School Oratorical Contest
        E.  The Eagle Scout of the Year
        
V.  The 
National American Legion Auxiliary supports a number of scholarship programs that benefit veterans, the children of our veterans, and the members of the organizations within the American Legion Family.  

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, check out the scholarship link below for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application forms.

                            https://www.alaforveterans.org/Scholarships

        A.  The Children of Warriors National Presidents Scholarship                          

        B.  The Samsung American Legion Scholarship  
        C.  The Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is for members of the Legion family

              who are interested in improving their education or technical training.
         D.  The Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund.  This program has three separate

               scholarship opportunities for participants in American Legion Auxiliary

               programs.