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American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Offered by The American Legion

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 18, 2024
Multiple awards worth up to

$20,000

Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

April 2025

Scholarship Overview

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship annually awards up to $20,000 and $5,000, respectively, to the children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 or children of post-9/11 veterans who have been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The scholarship was designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to eligible applicants have been utilized.

If you are a post-secondary student whose parent or guardian was left deceased or disabled during post-9/11 active duty, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.

About The American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It provides aid to veterans and sponsors youth programs to maintain an ongoing concern, support and commitment to the veteran community. In addition, the American Legion is strongly committed to maintaining a strong national defense.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students

Other Category

Relative of Current or Former Military Member

Miscellaneous

Applicants must be children of U.S. military members who (a) died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 or (b) were assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Application information

In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit a breakdown of all their education-related expenses to include but not limited to tuition, fees, books, program cost, meal plan, housing, and transportation. Individuals who lost a relative during post-9/11 active duty must also submit a DD1300 or military death certificate, while those whose parent(s)/guardian(s) were left disabled during post-9/11 active duty must submit official disability rating paperwork from VA.

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

This scholarship is restricted for use at two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and trade/technical schools.

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship winner will be announced: May 20, 2024.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The American Legion at https://www.legion.org/contact/customer-service.

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