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.


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