Samsung American Legion Scholarship
Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to
be administered by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for
U.S. 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 derived from interest and other income from the principal
amount. In 2012, nine $20,000 scholarships and 88 $1,100 scholarships were
Scholarships are restricted to high school juniors who complete either a Boys State
or Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great
grandchild, etc. - or a legally adopted child of a wartime veteran who served on
active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility
dates for American Legion membership.
Samsung scholarships are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition,
books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic
record, involvement in school and community activities, community service and
financial need. Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will
receive special consideration.
Usually, applications are submitted to program staff upon participants' arrival at Boys
State or Girls State.