**Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, a decision regarding Scholarship/Medallion availability for 2021 was delayed. As such, there will be a modified selection process where applicants will deliver their application to the Selection Committee and be interviewed simultaneously on May 18th. When possible, the scholarship/medallion awards will be made at the respective HS Awards Night Ceremonies. In some cases, this may not be possible and a personal award will be coordinated.**
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 May 18, 2021!
**PLEASE BRING YOUR APPLICATION WITH YOU TO THE INTERVIEW**
Interviews for the Post 290's Scholarship and Medallion Awards will be held on May 18, 2021
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: http://valegion.org/?p=813 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 https://www.legion.org/boysnation/stateabout.
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 www.vaauxiliary.org.
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 www.alaforveterans.org/scholarships.
Girls State Scholarships
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE
AMERICAN LEGION HEADQUARTERS
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.
Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
WHO - Children 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.
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.
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.