Vikki Jo Springer Memorial Scholarship
The VIKKI JO SPRINGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a scholarship established by the Minneapolis-Richfield American Legion Auxiliary Unit #435. It is to be awarded to a deserving son, daughter, grandchild, or great-grandchild of a member of the Minneapolis-Richfield American Legion Post or Unit who is in need of financial assistance to avail him/herself of VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR HIGHER EDUCATION.
The amount of the scholarship shall be $500.00 for any one scholarship, in any one year, payable to the student prior to the closing of our books at the end of the fiscal year. If, in the opinion of the Scholarship Committee, no entrant meets acceptable standards, the scholarship may be withheld in any given year. The amount of $500.00 will then be placed in a savings account to be used the next year when two scholarships may be awarded. The decision to withhold the awarding of the scholarship shall require the majority approval of the scholarship committee.
The candidate for this award must:
- Be son, daughter, grandchild, or great-grandchild of a member of this Post or Unit.
- Be in their senior year of High School at this time of application, or may apply during the first year of college or vocational training for the second year of school. No previous winner of this scholarship may apply again.
- Have good scholastic record, average “C” or better, providing it shows his or her best ability.
- Be of good character, with ambition of continued studies.
The application must be accompanied by:
- A letter from the applicant stating plans for further education and stating the need of financial assistance.
- A transcript from their school showing grades and courses for the previous 4 or 4 years.
Applications for this scholarship may be obtained from the Unit Education and Scholarship Chairman and shall be returned to the same Chairman no later than April 15th. The decision of the Education and Scholarship Committee will be final. Vikki Jo Springer Scholarship Application
Boys State Scholarship
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.
Scholarships available through the Department of MN American Legion Auxiliary
Department of MN Scholarship: This is given to a son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a veteran in the amount of $1,000
A candidate must be:
A. A resident of the State of MN or a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the American Legion or SAL Department of MN.
B. A high school senior or graduate, with a good scholastic record and average of at least “C”.
C. In need of and deserving of financial assistance.
D. Of good character, with ambition to continue his/her education.
Applications must be submitted to the Unit President by March 5th and forwarded by the Unit to Department by March 15th.
American Legion Auxiliary Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members:
Candidates for this award shall be/shall have been Junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary; said member to have held Junior membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the past three years and must hold a membership; card for the current (2011) year. Applicant must continue her membership during the four-year scholarship period. Applicants must present the completed application packet to the Unit President on or before March 1, 2011, and must be to the Department no later than April 1, 2011.
American Legion Auxiliary National President’s Scholarship;
Candidates for this award shall be daughters, stepdaughters, sons, stepsons, grandsons, step-grandsons, granddaughters, step-granddaughters, great- granddaughters, step-great-daughters, great- grandsons, step- great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility for membership in the American Legion. Applicants must present the completed application to the local American Legion Auxiliary Unit Presidents on or before March 1, 2011 and to the Department no later than March 15, 2011.
Past Presidents Parley Health Care Scholarship:
The applicant must be a member of an American Legion Auxiliary Unit in the Department of MN, for a minimum of three (3) years and maintain a “C” or better average in school if a student. Application must be received in the Department Office of the American Legion Auxiliary be March 15th.
American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students:
Applicant must be a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons if the American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made. Applicant must be a non-traditions student returning to the classroom after some period of time in which his/her formal education was interrupted.
Contact Penny Becker, 612-866-2847, for applications or further information.