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Scholarship Rules and Conditions 

1.Those eligible to apply for the scholarship shall be the child/grandchild, or   legally adopted child, or a child of a spouse by a prior marriage, or  dependent child of an active/retired member of the United States Armed Services which includes the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves. 
2. United States Armed Services member defined in Item 1. must be a member of Post # 166 in Ocean City, Maryland.
3. The recipient must be a high school senior or high school graduate to apply for the scholarship.
4. The recipient must be accepted or enrolled as a full-time/part time student to receive his/her scholarship funds.
5. The American Legion Scholarship is for undergraduate study at an accredited institution of higher education within the United States.
6. The number and amount of the scholarship awards will be determined by the income derived from The American Legion Scholarship Trust.
7. 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).
8. Scholarship awards will be sent directly to the accredited institution.
9. Scholarship recipient may reapply for the scholarship annually. A copy of the student’s transcript must be included.

Click Here to download a copy of the Scholarship Application. 


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.


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