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 $5.5 million to approximately 2,069 applicants.
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 U.S. military 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
Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War Veterans will receive 3 bonus points.
Applicants with membership to the American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion will receive a bonus point. Or, they can receive a bonus point by uploading a membership card of a parent. No more than one bonus point for an application.
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. Applications will not be modified after the due date or given a deadline extension under any circumstance.
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.
Completing a scholarship application can be a difficult task. Below are some tips to help you complete your application.
- Application must be typed or completed online at www.legion.org.
- Do not attach any documents or additional pages to the application, except as required.
- Review the entire application before completing it. If a field is left blank, it will count against you. If you cannot answer a question, put a reason in the field.
- Proofread your answers/essays in this application in addition to having at least one other person proofread your application. Spelling errors or poor writing skills will have a negative effect on your chances of receiving the scholarship. Incomplete/unprofessional applications will be rejected.
- Use a computer to prepare your final document. Applications will not be considered if they are handwritten.
- Each application is judged on its own merit so include any information that makes you exceptional and a good candidate to receive the award.
- Keep a copy of everything you submit!
- Pay close attention to scholarship application deadlines as applications submitted past the deadline will not be considered.
Contact your American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program to determine its application deadline and procedure for submitting the application. Normally, the application is submitted when you arrive at your respective program.