June 18, 2024

Scholarships/Educational Awards available through the American Legion Family


The American Legion Family have several scholarships/educational awards available to students who are descendants of a Veteran.

American Legion

1) Legacy Scholarship - The American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship provides college funding to children of post-9/11 veterans who died on active duty, or those who have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater. Apply January 1 to April 1. Need to apply online at www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy

American Legion Auxiliary
1) National - Children of Warriors National Scholarship – 15 scholarships are given for $5,000 each – need to apply online at www.legion-aux.org/Scholarships/Children-of-Warriors  by March 1st.
Candidates for this award shall be direct descendants of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; and any time after December 7, 1941. Membership in The American Legion Family is not required for this scholarship.

2) Massachusetts Educational Awards are available to students who go to school in Massachusetts. They are open to students attending public or private schools and students who are home schooled. 1 award for $750 and 10 awards for $200 each. Also a $200 award is given to a student going into the medical field. Applications must be completed and sent to Donna Reed by March 1st. Contact Donna at Auxiiary311@yahoo.com  for application.

Are you interested in how your Local Government Works?

You may be eligible to participate in Girls State/ Boys State
The Seekonk American Legion Family is sponsoring a girl to attend MA Girls State and a boy to attend MA Boys State this June. The 2 programs are very similar and take place at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. The dates are 6/15 – 6/21/24. The students will remain on campus for the entire time of the program.

The programs are a study of local and state government. Citizens will establish and operate their own city/town and state government. City and town officials are elected at the beginning of the week and they will work to keep their municipality running smoothly throughout the week. The citizens will also come together as counties to elect nominees to run for office within their political parties, and each nominee will run on the state level for constitutional offices (Governor, Lt. Gov., Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General). Throughout this process, the students will engage in running their own campaign for candidacy. The citizens will elect Senators and Representatives to the state legislature and discuss bills. There is also a District Court.

The criteria for attending for the student is:
- Will complete their junior year of high school the same year they attend in 2024
- Have an interest in government and/or current events
- Have strong leadership abilities
- High moral character
- Above average scholastic standing

Public school, private school and home-schooled students are eligible.
Any student who is interested in attending, please send your contact information and a brief essay on why you would like to attend the program to auxiliary311@yahoo.com  by March 25. You will be contacted for an interview. Additional information on the programs can be found at www.massgirlsstate.org  and www.maboysstate.org


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