The American Legion Auxiliary believes education is vital to democracy and that investing time and money to educate our youth is literally an investment in America’s future. Our Education program fosters learning for children in our own communities, with our main focus on the children of our military and veterans.
Educating our communities about the sacrifices of our military men and women is another goal of the Auxiliary. Units and departments are encouraged to participate in our organization’s national education initiatives and those of The American Legion.
One of these initiatives—Veterans in Community Schools—is an effort to bring history to life by having local veterans speak to students about their real-life experiences in the military. Other initiatives include collaborating with Family Readiness Groups, known as FRGs, to assist with special projects for the schools on military bases, and conducting local projects to donate school supplies to children in need.
Purpose StatementTo promote quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion, and support of education beyond high school, especially for military children.
The American Legion Auxiliary believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. These days, paying for a college education is becoming a larger financial burden for students and their families. According to College Board, a student who took out loans in 2017 left a four-year public university with over $26,000 in debt, jumping to over $32,000 for a private university. With the cost of attending college rapidly increasing, this number is expected to rise. That is why the American Legion Auxiliary is so committed to helping students pursue their education through scholarships. Investing in the education of our young people is investing in the future of our country. You can help the ALA give the gift of education by donating to our scholarship funds.
Since 2014, the American Legion Auxiliary has helped over 150 students chase their dreams by awarding annual scholarships. In 2019, we distributed over $130,000 to deserving young people.
“I could not be more honored to be a recipient of your Spirit of Youth Scholarship. This award has been an absolute blessing to me and my family. It has allowed me to pursue my nursing degree in the school of my dreams without damaging my family financially. I am so incredibly grateful for this gift from the Auxiliary every day.”
-- Allison Horne, ALA Spirit of Youth Scholarship Recipient
The Auxiliary supports various scholarship programs that benefit veterans, the descendants of veterans, and The American Legion Family.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, check out the scholarship links for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application forms.
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