Scholarships

ScholarshipQualifications
Illinois American Legion Scholarship Program
Apply to graduating students of Illinois Senior High Schools. Twenty scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded in March to be used at an accredited college, university, trad or technical school to further career education. Each of the 5 Divisions in the Department will receive four scholarships. Annual awards to residents of Illinois
Students must be graduating high school seniors and children or grandchildren of a member of The American Legion Illinois. Awards will be based on academics and need. Applications available September 15 and must be returned to Department Headquarters prior to March 15. All questions must be answered.
Boy Scout Scholarship
One year $1000. Four Runner-up awards, $200 each.
Students must be graduating high school seniors, a qualified Senior Boy Scout or Explorer, and a resident of Illinois. They must write a 500 word essay on the Legion's Americanism and Boy Scout programs. The deadline is April 30
American Legion Oratorical Contest
Tuition scholarship of 1st Place - $1600, 2nd Place - $1300, 3rd Place $1200, 4th Place - $1000, 5th Place - $1000. And Five (5) awards for second place in each Division - $150 each. 3rd Place - $100, 4th Place - $75 Three awards for each District - First place $125, Second Place $100., & Third place $75.

Students must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade of any accredited high school in Illinois. Speech contests begin after October 15 at the Post level and continue until the January 15 deadline, then go on to District in February, then Division, then Department. The winner of the Department goes to the National Contest
American Essay Contest Scholarship
Awards from $75 to $50 depending on grade level.
Students in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades of any accredited Illinois high school. They must write a 500-word essay on the selected topic. The deadline is February 2nd.
Legion Baseball Scholarship
There are five $1000 scholarships given - one to a player in each division. There is an additional scholarship given to the Illinois player of the year for $1000.
See baseball.legion.org
MIA/POW Scholarship
The amount of the award is equal to the student's charges for tuition and registration fees.  Lab fees and book fees are not covered by MIA/POW Scholarship and are the responsibility of the student.  However, students are encouraged to apply for other Federal Grants to meet these costs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with PSC School Code (001640) as the school choice at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The State of Illinois provides an education scholarship for the dependents of veterans who are either Missing in Action, a Prisoner of War, died while on active duty, 100% disabled due to service connected diabilities or died as a result of a service connected disabilityl.  105 ILCS 5/30-14.2 (MIA/POW Scholarship) establishes the benefit and 95 Ill. Admin COde 116 (MIA/POW Scholarship) provides the rules governing the administration and eligibility of dependents.

See flyer below for details.
   

Illinois American Legion Scholarship Program
Boy Scout Scholarship
American Legion Oratorical Contest
Americanism Essay Contest Scholarship
Legion Baseball Scholarship
MIA/POW Scholarship