Samsung American Legion
Scholarship Program

Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by the American Legion in 1996. The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the principal amount.

The 2017 Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program is ready for another great year.  Since 1996 over $5 million has been awarded in scholarships.  Proposed awards for 2017 are 10-$10,000 National Scholarships will be awarded (2 per region); 10-$5,000 National runners-up will be awarded (2 per region); Each Department finalist will receive $1,000.          

If you are a direct descendant (child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc) of a U.S. wartime veteran or person currently on active duty and you participate in and complete the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program, then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.  It is not mandatory to apply nor will it affect your attendance by not applying.

If eligible, complete the online application, print it out and attach a copy of the required veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Form DD-214) or other government document showing time served or current active military status. 

Submit your application to the proper person during Girls State registration Sunday, June 4, 2017.  This is the only time applications will be accepted.  Application or any part of an application will not be accepted before or after this date.  The Arizona Girls State winner will be announced on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the awards assembly.

Scholarship Election Criteria

Each Boys State and Girls State program makes its national finalist
selection using the following criteria:
• Academic Record
• Involvement in School & Community Activities
• Community Service
• Financial Need
• Additional Bonus Points in the Selection Process will be awarded to
Descendants of U.S. Veterans of the Korean Conflict.

How to apply for the Samsung Scholarship

1. Go to www.legion.org
2. Drop Down to Programs and Click Scholarships
3. Click on Samsung Scholarship
4. This takes you to the online application
and will walk you through the process

At this site you will also find a link for Samsung Frequently Asked Question and
Military Service Verification Documents List.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship
Access the online Samsung Scholarship application here

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. To date, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $5.3 million to approximately 1,970 applicants.

Eligibility

Scholarship applications are restricted to high school juniors who attend the current session of either The American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary 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.

    World War I - Apr. 6, 1917 - Nov. 11, 1918
    World War II - Dec. 7, 1941 - Dec. 31, 1946
    Korean War - June 25, 1950 - Jan. 31, 1955
    Vietnam War - Feb. 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
    Lebanon/Grenada - Aug. 24, 1982 - Jul. 31, 1984
    Panama - Dec. 20, 1989 - Jan. 31, 1990
    Persian Gulf War - Aug. 2, 1990 - Until cessation of hostilities
    Includes Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, & War on Terrorism

Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate or graduate and applied toward 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 a modest points advantage.

Proof of Service Documentation
ACCEPTABLE

    Form DD214 (Official discharge certificate)
    Official “Honorable Discharge” certificate
    Form DD1300 (Official military death certificate)
    Official record of burial in a military cemetery issued by the National Cemetery
    Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Current or former military ID card
    Current or former LES (Leave and Earnings Statement)
    Official logbook entries from a military unit
    ANY OTHER DOCUMENT LISTED ON THE “Military Service Verification Documents List” (Linked below)

UNACCEPTABLE

    Any otherwise “acceptable” document that is illegible
    Obituaries
    Pictures of military headstones
    Pictures of service members in uniform
    Entries in non-military and/or non-official records or books
    Membership cards from veterans organizations
    VA Healthcare Cards

Documentation may include, but is not limited to copies of, Department of Defense documents, Department of the Army documents, Department of the Navy documents, Department of the Air Force documents, Department of Veterans Affairs documents (federal or state), and American Legion documents.

The following locations may be of assistance.

    Many certificates of discharge prior to 1979 do not appear to be "official" documents as many were typed onto a sheet of paper. If you are unsure if it is an official document, please ask your American Legion service officer. Department Service Officers are listed by state at http://www.legion.org/serviceofficer or download The American Legion Claims Coach Mobile App through Google Play or ITunes App Store.

    The National Archives and Records Administration: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html

    The County Clerk and Recorders Office where the veteran resided.

    The funeral home may have kept a copy if military honors were provided.

    Monument company if VA headstone or marker was ordered.

    If the veteran had utilized a VA Home Loan there may be a copy of the DD214 with the title documentation.

    Veterans who have signed up for EBENEFITS through the Veterans Administration may be able to obtain a printable copy from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal

    The State Director of Veterans Affairs may have received a copy of the veterans DD214 at the time of discharge from military service. This will be specific to the state in which the veterans home of record.

Deadline

Scholarships are due no later than the first day of a participant’s American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program. All applications must be submitted using the online application system by 11:59PM on this day. Participants should check their individual program coordinator as to whether or not the coordinator desires them to bring a hard copy of their submitted application materials. If a hard copy is required, participants will need to complete their application PRIOR to arrival at their respective program.

Application

Note, should you have questions during the application process, we ask that you first contact your state’s Boys State or Girls State point of contact. You may find a listing for your point of contact in your delegate packet or by visiting www.boysandgirlsstate.org and following the links for your program.

Access the online Samsung Scholarship application here
FAQ - Samsung American Legion Application;
Military Service Verification Documents List

Questions regarding the Samsung Scholarship are to be directed to Program Coordinator Mike Buss
at mbuss@legion.org or scholarships@legion.org.

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