The American Legion believes that our youth become better citizens through knowledge. That is why the American Legion is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our youth is investing in the future of our country. The American Legion supports a number of scholarship and sport programs that benefit youth in Alexandria. We often hear about the difference American Legion scholarships and opportunities make in young persons’ lives by expanding their horizons and providing unimagined experiences.
Legacy scholarships are needs-based scholarships that provide up to $20,000 aid annually for undergraduate or post-graduate college.
Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and children of post-9/11 veterans assigned a combined disability rating of 50% or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants must be high school seniors or high school graduates. Award recipients may re-apply annually up to 6 times. The application deadline is April 15. Additional information: https://www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy.
The Kengla Foundation, managed by Post 24, provides educational scholarships to selected high school seniors who reside in the city of Alexandria or in Fairfax County with an Alexandria postal address.
For more information or to apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** 2022 DEADLINES COMING UP! ***
Virginia Boys and Girls State are week-long programs focused on governmental affairs held at a university. Participants must have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining to participate. Candidates for Virginia Boys/Girls State are selected through an interview process conducted by Post 24 (Boys State) and Unit 24 Auxiliary (Girls State). Candidates are evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. The American Legion and Auxiliary provide selected delegates from the local Alexandria, VA area with scholarships for attendance; however, delegates must arrange their own travel to/from the program site. Alexandria Area Home and Private school students are welcome to apply.
Boys State is held at Radford University. More information is available at http://www.vaboysstate.org
Girls State will be held at Longwood University from June 19-25, 2022. More information is available at http://www.vagirlsstate.org
Application for Boys State (coming soon!) | Application for Girls State (due January 26, 2022)
SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS for BOYS/GIRLS State Delegates:
Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies and applied toward tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Visit the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program Website. Participates are also eligible to apply for multiple separate scholarships and select university/college scholarships. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
***NEW! 2021-22 Oratorical Contest Application Available! ***
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 17, 2021
CONTEST DATE: January 9, 2022
The American Legion Oratorical Contest is a speech contest on the topic of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on citizens’ duties and obligations.
Since 1938, the contest has developed knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. The competition includes two parts: one prepared speech that is 8 to 10 minutes-long, and another that is 3 to 5 minutes-long on a topic drawn by the judges.
Open to all students in 9th through 12th grades.
Post, District, Regional, and National awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places
How to Apply:
(NOTE: Do not fill out application in web browser. Save file to your PC to fill out.)
Post 24 sponsors the West Potomac Rifle High School Rifle team with funding, coaches, and scholarships. To learn more about their team or contact a coach, please visit their website: http://www.westpotomacrifle.com
The West Potomac Rifle team competes in the Potomac High School Rifle League, an association of high school rifle teams in the Washington Metro area. The team is open to all high school students, and team members have opportunities to complete in air rifle matches throughout the local area and at the State and National levels.
Air Rifle is a varsity Winter Sport at West Potomac High School, with the season running from October to the end of March. While training for each season begins in October, there are competitive opportunities are available for individual rifle team members year-round.
Since 1925, The American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program. During these past seven decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun.
American Legion Code of Sportsmanship I will: Keep the Rules; Keep Faith with my teammates; Keep my temper; Keep myself fit; Keep a stout heart in defeat; Keep my pride under in victory; Keep a sound soul; A clean mind; And a healthy body
For information on trying out for the Post 24 Baseball team, contact Coach Glassman at (703) 209-0758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program introduces youth to law enforcement principles, discipline, ethics, physical fitness, and teamwork. Male and female students selected from Alexandria have the opportunity to participate in a six-day, first-hand, world class law enforcement experience during early summer at the Virginia State Police Academy.
The 2021 Program was scheduled to begin in June 2021 but has been cancelled for the season due to COVID-19 concerns. Please stay tuned for the following season, which will convene at the Virginia State Police Academy near Richmond in the summer of 2022. The deadline for completed applications is typically mid-April. Interested students (and their parents/guardians) are invited to contact Mike Mixon at email@example.com for further information.