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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.

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.

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

The application deadline is April 15, annually. Scholarship awards must be used within one year. Winners are announced each May.

 

Eligibility and Required Application Materials

Children of fallen post-9/11 servicemembers

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard and military reservists, who were federalized and died on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Official (Form DD1300) military death certificate
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, The Gunnery Sergeant Fry Scholarship, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • Breakdown of all education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program costs, meal plan, housing and transportation
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States

Children of post-9/11 veterans VA-rated 50% or higher disabled

  • Child/children or legally adopted child/children or the child of a spouse by prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of active duty United States military and National Guard and military reservists, who were federalized and received an injury while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 leading to a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating of 50 percent or higher
  • Official disability rating paperwork from VA
  • FAFSA Summary showing Expected Family Contribution
  • If applicable, any award notifications from federal or state veteran benefits programs (for example, GI-Bill benefits, etc.)
  • Financial Aid Package notification from their prospective/current institution of higher education
  • Breakdown of all education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program costs, meal plan, housing and transportation
  • High school senior or high school graduate currently accepted or attending an accredited institution of higher education within the United States

 

Deadline:
All applications new or renewal must be submitted using the online scholarship submission system beginning January 1 and NO LATER THAN April 15 annually.

 

Access the online Legacy Scholarship application here

2019 Annual Report Information
2019 Total Scholarships Awarded: 57
2019 Amount of Scholarship Funds Awarded: $1,122,624
Total Scholarships Awarded Since Inception: 366
Total Funds Awarded Since Inception: $3,031,633
2019 Calendar Year Donations: $1,046,603
2019 Legacy Run Year Donations: $1,028,643 (Note: A Legacy Run year begins Oct. 1 and concludes the following Sep. 30)

 

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