You've worked hard to get here and it's paying off! Boys who attend Boys State have the opportunity to apply for three different kinds of scholarships to help with college expenses. Bring scholarship applications with you when you check in on the first day of Boys State.
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Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the principal amount. As of 2023 the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $7.2 million in college scholarships to 2,422 recipients since its inception in 1996.
Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies and applied toward tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community service.
- Ten National Scholars receive $10,000 each (two from each region)
- Ten National Runners-Up receive $5,000 each (two from each region)
- Remaining Department Finalists receive $1,250 each guaranteed
Scholarship applications are limited to students between their junior and senior years of high school who attend the current session of either an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program and are a direct descendant - i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. Stepchildren and legally adopted children are considered direct descendants 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.
Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War Era Veterans will receive three bonus points.
Proof of Service Documentation
- Form DD214 (Official discharge certificate)
- Official “Honorable Discharge” certificate
- Form DD1300 (Official military death certificate)
- Official record of burial in a military cemetery issued by the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Current or former military ID card
- Current or former LES (Leave and Earnings Statement)
- Official logbook entries from a military unit
- ANY OTHER DOCUMENT LISTED ON THE “Military Service Verification Documents List” (Linked below)
- Any otherwise “acceptable” document that is illegible
- Pictures of military headstones
- Pictures of service members in uniform
- Entries in non-military and/or non-official records or books
- Membership cards from veterans organizations
- VA Healthcare Cards
- Selective Service Registration Card
Scholarship applicants must complete and submit their online application prior to 11:59 (local time) of Day 1 of their respective American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program. All applications must be submitted using the online application system and may not be modified after the due date or given a deadline extension under any circumstance.
Participants should check their individual program coordinator as to whether or not the coordinator desires them to bring a hard copy of their submitted application materials. If a hard copy is required, participants will need to complete their application PRIOR to arrival at their respective program.
The deadline to complete your online application will be 11:59 PM, June 9, 2024.
Boys State Delegates - You have the opportunity to sign up for private scholarships, sponsored by The America Legion Utah Boys State Foundation, given to participants of Boys State. These scholarships are typical $500-$1500.00 at any academic institution. This scholarship is a "needs-based" award, applicants must clearly demonstrate a compelling need.
Download and fill out the simple form, bring it to the registration, and give it to the "Academic /Scholarship Advisor" Omar on the first day of Boys State. (June 9th 2024)
The private scholarship will be based on academics, leadership, and financial need.
This is a cash-based scholarship that can be used to help with any academic financial expense.
To apply for the Private Scholarships, Complete the application and bring it with you to the opening day of Boys State
The deadline to complete your printed application will be June 9, 2024. Bring the printed & signed original document with you to Boys State, and deliver it to the "Academic /Scholarship Advisor" Omar.
Weber State University Tuition Scholarship
Weber State University offers a generous tuition-based scholarship to many Boys State students. In 2023, WSU granted $1.9 million in tuition waiver scholarships to Boys State attendees.
Information needed to apply for this scholarship will be used from your 2024 Boys State application.
If you have indicated in your registration that you are interested in a Weber State Scholarship, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship.
Check out the scholarship index score lookup chart for your qualifying award amount.
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This scholarship can be used for tuition expenses at Weber State University.