North Korea, a communist state, attacked South Korea in June 1950. The United States led a United Nations force of more than a dozen countries to South Korea’s assistance. The war concluded where it began, with the United States and its allies successfully preventing communism from gaining control of South Korea.
To show gratitude for US 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 for a direct descendant or a legally adopted child of a wartime US military veteran. In 1996, Samsung, the world’s largest electronics company, created a $5 million scholarship fund to be handled by The American Legion. The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program established a series of scholarships based on interest and other money generated from the original sum to show thanks to US servicemen who served Korea’s help during its battle against communist forces during the Korean War. Since its beginning in 1996, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has granted more than $6.5 million in college scholarships to 2,266 candidates as of 2019.
Congress established the American Legion as a patriotic veterans group in 1919. By focusing on service to veterans, service members, and communities, the Legion developed from a group of war-weary World War I veterans to one of the most prominent charitable organizations in the United States.
More information is available in the table given below:
|Organization||The American Legion|
|Educational Level||High school junior or senior students|
|Number of Awards||Multiple|
|Requirement||A high school certification form|
Who is Eligible?
The applicant must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for this scholarship:
- Applicants must be high school juniors who will attend either the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State or the American Legion Boys State.
- Candidates must be direct descendants (i.e., a child, grandchild, great-grandchild, or lawfully adopted child) of a US military veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the times of conflict officially recognized as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion.
- Applicants who are members of the American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion will be given an extra point.
- They can also get extra points by uploading a parent‘s membership card. An application may only receive one bonus point.
- Direct descendants of Korean War warriors will earn three additional points.
How to Apply?
Interested applicants must meet the scholarship’s eligibility requirements, submit a comprehensive application through here (American Legion website) platform by the application deadline. Applicants must examine the needed documents and provide what is requested in the guidelines, which have varied from past years.
Each of the ten National Scholars receives $10,000. (two from each region),each of the ten National Runners-Up receives $5,000. (two from each region) , and each of the remaining Department Finalists will get a guaranteed $1,250. These scholarships are exclusively available for undergraduate studies and can be used to cover tuition, books, fees, housing, and board.
Applications are typically submitted to program personnel upon arrival at American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.