Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship

15 -$5,000 scholarships awarded to students across the country

  1. Where can a student find the application?
  2. When is the scholarship deadline?
    • March 1 is the final deadline. The local unit will evaluate the applications. The selected entry will then be passed on to the department (state) and eventually to the national chairman.
    • Winners will be announced in May via social media and on the national website
    • Letters will be mailed in May to winners and their sponsoring units.
    • A list of winners will be emailed in May to department secretaries and education chairmen
  3. Can anyone apply for the National Presidents’ Scholarship?
    • Candidates for this award shall be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons (direct descendants) of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion, listed below:
      • April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; and any time after December 7, 1941.
    • Membership in The American Legion or The Legion Family is not required.
    • Applicants must be in their senior year of high school.
    • Students younger than senior but taking college courses are not eligible.
    • Home schooled students may apply providing they are the equivalent of a high school senior.
    • Students who have already graduated high school and/or are currently enrolled in college are not eligible
  4. Is community service required and how many hours?
    • 50 hours of volunteer service is required to be eligible for this scholarship.
    • Verification of the time served must be in writing from the recipient organization(s).
    • Hours served volunteering for the ALA and The Legion Family are acceptable
      • For documentation purposes the unit president or post commander should sign off on the hours by writing a letter.
    • Hours may be spread over the course of the applicant’s high school career.
    • Hours may be from one organization or spread across several.
      • If spread across several, documentation must come from each organization.
      • The exception being if the various organizations were arranged through the applicant’s school. Then a single letter from the applicant’s school counselor listing all the organizations and hours will be sufficient.
  5. Is a letter from a clergy person really required?
    • Yes. The applicant does not need to be a member of a church, however, nor is the clergy person restricted to one religion or another.
    • The letter can be from a clergy person by acquaintance, someone who can speak for the applicant’s good moral, character.
    • If a letter from a clergy person is not included, the application should be deemed incomplete.
    • This question arises every year and the response has been that the requirements of Auxiliary scholarships were established by former national leaders and cannot be waived. Our mission statement and everything we stand for begins with our Preamble “For God and Country. ”Requiring a letter from a clergy person is a reasonable requirement.
  6. My parents aren’t comfortable making copies of our FAFSA due to privacy concerns. Are there other options?
    • You may include a copy of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) instead of the full FAFSA. The SAR is the email confirmation you get when you submit your FAFSA. You may also submit your FAFSA with your social security number blacked out. However when you print your FAFSA those numbers should already be crossed out.
  7. Where do applicants turn in their scholarship entry?
    • Scholarship entries are to be turned into your local American Legion Auxiliary unit.
    • Students may contact their department (state) to locate a unit if needed.
    • Some departments may accept applications directly from the student. This varies by department.
  8. What happens to the scholarship entry after it has been turned in?
    • Scholarship entries are evaluated at the unit where the entry is submitted. After it has been selected at the unit level, it is then to be judged at the department level. If the entry is selected by the state, then the entry is judged and certified one last time at the division level. There will be three winners in each of the 5 divisions. These entries are certified the winners and receive the scholarship.
  9. How is the scholarship judged?
    • Character/Leadership 25%
    • Essay/Application 25%
    • Financial Need 25%
    • Academic Achievement 25%
  10. What is the amount awarded?
    • $5,000, 3 per division, for a total of $75,000 annually
  11. How long does the student have to use the scholarship?
    • ALA NHQ must receive the Scholarship Certification Form within 12 months of notification (date on the winner’s letter). The scholarship money must be used within 24 months of the winner receiving notification.
  12. How does a winner claim their scholarship money?
    • A Scholarship Certification Form will be enclosed with the winner’s notification form, which must be completed by the student and their school’s registrar (or an equivalent position if no registrar is available).
    • Once completed, the Scholarship Certification Form should be returned to the Education Program Coordinator at NHQ.
    • Funds will then be released in the form of a check to the school.
  13. Does the scholarship winner get the money or does the school?
    • The check is paid to the school for tuition and/or room and board.
    • A special exception was made for SOY scholarship for a student in the Air ForceAcademy, which has no tuition or room and board. A check was sent to the US Treasury on her behalf to offset her expenses (books, uniforms, etc.)
  14. Is the money paid out in one lump sum or installments?
    • The Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship is paid in one lump sum, payable after NHQ receives the completed Scholarship Certification Form.
  15. Is the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship renewable? Can a winner apply for it again?
    • No, since one of the requirements is the applicant must be a senior in high school. A previous winner would no longer be in high school.

James H Parke Scholarship

  1. What is the James H Parke Scholarship?
    • Each Veterans Affairs medical center may nominate one Veteran Affairs Volunteer Services (VAVS) Student Volunteer to be considered for this scholarship. The nominee must have completed 100 hours of regularly scheduled VAVS during a calendar year prior to September 1. The nominee must also be in the 10th grade or above and have not reached their 19th birthday to be considered.
  2. Where do I find more information on this scholarship?

Samsung American Legion Scholarship
(ALA Girls/Legion Boys State)

  1. Who can apply for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship?
    • Scholarship applications are restricted to high school juniors who attend the current session ofeither theLegion Boys State or ALA 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 membership in The American Legion.
  2. What is the deadline for the application of the Samsung American Legion Scholarship?
    • Applications for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship are due no later than the first day of the Legion Boys State or ALA Girls State program, using the online application.
  3. Where can I find the online application and/or more information?

Certification of Scholarship by University or College

  1. Where do I find the form to complete the certification?
    • A Scholarship Certification Form will be enclosed with the winner’s notification form. If an additional copy is needed, please send a request to
  2. Where do I send the certification once it is complete?
    • Send the form to the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters once it is complete.
      American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters
      3450 Founders Road
      Indianapolis, IN 46268
      P: (317) 569-4500
  3. By what date do I need to send the certification to the American Legion Auxiliary?
    • Certification needs to be received by the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters 30 days prior to needing money. Once it is received, the turnover period for the money to be sent to the school is two weeks. The National Headquarters asks for 30 days so that if there is a discrepancy it can be figured out before the money is needed.