In 1996, the Korean electronics company Samsung created a scholarship fund of $5 million to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War. The American Legion established the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $5.5 million to over 2,000 people to date.
You are eligible to apply for the Samsung Scholarship if you meet all of the following:
- A high school junior
- Are attending the current session of an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program
- Are a direct descendant (i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc.) or a legally adopted child of a wartime U.S. military veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.
For more information on the Samsung Scholarship and for instructions on how to apply, visit the American Legion website. Once on Legion.org you will need to create an account to apply. Full details are available on the American Legion’s FAQ.
Please direct all questions for the Samsung Scholarship to this document first before contacting Legion HQ. Do not contact the ALJBS Director or anyone else via ALJBS.org as we have no part in the online application for the Samsung Scholarship.
In 2016, Ryan Zuzulock [Johnson City #16] of West Deptford (Gloucester County), Post #100 submitted a Samsung Scholarship application and won $20,000 for his college education! See the story featured on Legion.org. Bottom line: you too could earn a scholarship propelled by your attendance at Jersey Boys State! Good luck!