The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs. The American Legion Need a Lift is a comprehensive scholarship guide that is published each year. Scholarship information from the Legion Family can be found on the American Legion Need a Lift website.

Children of Warriors National President Scholarship

Candidates for this award shall be daughters, stepdaughters, sons, stepsons, grandsons, step- grandsons, granddaughters, step-granddaughters, great granddaughters, step-great-granddaughters, great-grandsons, step-great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion listed below. Applicants must also be in their senior year of high school.Fifty hours of community service must be completed in order to be eligible. Application is due March 1 to Unit.

  • WW I April 6, 1917 - November 11,1918
  • WW II December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
  • Korean War June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam War February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  • Lebanon and Grenada August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
  • Panama December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
  • Desert Shield/Storm Gulf War/War on Terrorism August 2, 1990 to Present

  • Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

    Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made. Applicants must also be a student returning to the classroom after some period of time in which his/her formal education was interrupted or a non-traditional student who is just beginning his/her education at a later point in life. Application is due March 1 to Unit.

    Samsung Scholarship

    Applicants must be high school juniors who attend either American Legion Auxiliary.

    Girls State or American Legion Boys State

    Applicants must be direct descendants (i.e., child, grandchild, great-grandchild or legally adopted child) of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion (See above under Children of Warriors Scholarship). Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive special consideration. Applications are due at the Girls or Boys State Sessions.

    Spirit of Youth Scholarship

    Junior members who have been a part of ALA for three consecutive years, and have paid all of their dues (including the year in which a Junior is wanting to apply for a scholarship). Applicants must also be in their senior year of high school. Application is due March 1 to Unit.

    The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund

    The American Legion awards this scholarship to applicants who are seniors or graduates of high school. The applicant’s parent(s) must have been active-duty military, Guard or Reserve who were federalized and died while serving our country on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Application must be postmarked by April 15 to The American Legion National Headquarters.

    Girls Scout Achievement Award Scholarship - No longer awarded at National Level

    More information about scholarships can be found at the National American Legion site.