Stafford American Legion Post 290

Lucian Butler American Legion Scholarship

Eligibility: High school boys and girls who are sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters of members of the Virginia American Legion family who exemplify the spirit and true American values and have been admitted to an accredited four-year college or university.

Current scholarships are limited to those entering the freshman class. Awards in follow on years will be considered as funds are available providing the student has a 3.5 GPA or higher. Awards are intended for the fall semester.

Deadline: 01 March 2022 – “Pay close attention to the scholarship deadline. If mailed, it must be postmarked no later than 1 March. If submitted online, the deadline is no later than midnight 1 March.

The PDF & online application can be accessed at under Programs/Scholarships. If submitting the form online, do not use internet explorer as there are difficulties entering data in some fields.

Hayden Kendall, Stafford High School Senior is congratulated by Patrick Fox, 290 Post Commander for receiving a scholarship for $1,000

American Legion Post 290 Scholarships

Annual Scholarship Awards and Leadership Medallions are available!

 The Post's Scholarship and Medallion Application Due Date is TBD!

Interviews for the Post 290's Scholarship and Medallion Awards will be held on TBD, 2022    

Interviews times for students from each school are listed below: 

Brooke Point - 6:00pm
Colonial Forge - 6:30pm
Mountain View - 7:00pm
North Stafford - 7:30pm
Stafford - 8:00pm

Each year, the members of Post 290 provide $5000 in scholarship awards to deserving graduating seniors from Stafford County High Schools.  This is a one-time, non-recurring monetary award that is payable to the college or university of the student's choice and is applied directly to his/her student account. Eligibility criteria and application forms are published on this website and are available through the high school guidance counselors, usually in February. After reviewing the applications, the scholarship committee will conduct interviews with the candidates on May 18 and award the scholarships at each applicable high school's Senior Awards Night.  All interviews are anticipated to take place at the Post, beginning at 6pm.

Additionally, students may apply for the American Legion Lucien Butler Scholarship.  The online application is available at: and a copy of the application may be downloaded here for offline distribution, however it is recommended that the formal application be made online.

Boys State Scholarships

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

The applications and deadlines for applications for scholarships to attend the Virginia Boys State for 2018 will be posted when available.

For more information on Boys State, please go to

Exceptional JROTC Scholarship Awards

American Legion Post 290 provides recognition to deserving JROTC students who have demonstrated military and scholastic excellence.  Candidates are nominated by their JROTC instructors for these awards.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 290 Scholarships

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary Stafford Unit 290 awards the Virginia B. White Scholarship, a $1000 award, to a graduating senior from each Stafford County High School.   Eligibility criteria and application forms are published on this website and are available through the high school guidance counselors in January. After reviewing the applications, the scholarship committee will select the winners and award the scholarships at each applicable high school's Senior Awards Nights.

The deadline for the Scholarships offered by the Auxiliary is MARCH 1, 2021!  The complete packet must be sent to and received by Frances R. Shelton, 699 Ramoth Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA  22406, by the deadline.

Stafford Unit 290 Scholarship

Additional scholarships are also available through Department and National affiliations.   The Department of Virginia American Legion Auxiliary offers the following scholarships:

Dr. Kate Waller Barrett Scholarship

Veteran's Education Scholarship

Past President's Parley Medical Scholarship

For Department Scholarship applications, see your Guidance Counselor or visit the Department of Virginia Auxiliary website at

The National American Legion Auxiliary offers a number of scholarships including but not limited to:

Children of Warriors National Presidents' Scholarship

Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members
$1000 x 5

For National Auxiliary Scholarship applications, see your Guidance Counselor or visit

Girls State Scholarships

The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.

The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

Each summer, approximately 16,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State. The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience, often held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within a dormitory-like setting. The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.

For more information about Girls State, please see

Information regarding applications for 2018 will be posted when available.






The American Legion Legacy Scholarship

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to an eligible applicant have been utilized.

WHO - Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

WHOChildren of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs also qualify.

WHAT - Each needs-based scholarship provides up to $20,000 in aid for undergraduate or post-graduate college. Recipients may reapply for additional annual awards up to six times.

WHEN - Please see the Legacy Scholarship website for more information.  For 2018, the application deadline is April 9. Scholarship awards must be used within one year. Winners will be announced May 12, 2018.

Click HERE for more information.