American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Legion

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards available each year depends on the income derived from the Scholarship Trust Fund.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a high school senior or high school graduate.
  4. Must be the child/children or legally adopted child/children or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage or dependent child as defined by the United States Armed Services of an eligible military member.
  5. Must be the eligible family member of an active duty member of the United States military or National Guard or military reservists who were federalized and died on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
  6. Must be accepted or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution of higher education within the United States, except where the recipient is from a possession of the United States, in which case he/she can select a university or college in that possession or in the United States.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors/graduates who plan to pursue undergraduate study full time in the United States. Students must be the children or step-children of an active-duty military or National Guard member (or reservist who was federalized) who died on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

Application requirements for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Copy of veteran parent/step-parent's DD 1300
Additional Information: The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have been killed while serving the United State. It is a civic duty to provide them with equal opportunity. The Legion offers its support through the Legacy Scholarship Fund. Guidelines for the selection and awarding of scholarships include giving emphasis to financial need, leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. The National Americanism Commission has delegated these duties to the Committee on Youth Education, which administers the scholarship program.

Award Amount: The amount of each award depends on the income derived from the Scholarship Trust Fund. The scholarship funds may only be used to defray necessary costs of the student's education (i.e., tuition, room & board, books & supplies, fees and equipment required by the student's particular course of study or school). The scholarship recipient may reapply for the scholarship annually by completing a renewal application. The amount of the fund request cannot exceed the cost of education. Students may make only one request for funds per semester or quarter.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,785.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, April 15, 2021

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, April 15, 2021

Applications are available online on the American Legion website. One section of the application must be completed by an official at the student's high school if he/she is currently a senior; if the student is a high school graduate, he/she should attach a copy of his/her most recent grade report. In addition to the completed application, the student must attach a photocopy of his/her veteran parent or step-parent's Certificate of Death (DD 1300). The application must be typed (except for the high school official's section, which may be hand-written); hand-written applications will be returned. Fields that are left blank will be counted against the applicant. If the applicant cannot answer a question, he/she should explain why. The student should not attach any documents or additional pages to the application, except as requested. Applications must be submitted online by the deadline date.
About American Legion:
Contact Information: M. Buss, National Headquarters Indianapolis Office
Address: P.O. Box 1055 700 N. Pennsylvania St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46206

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