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Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996. The scholarship was meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who went 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. As of 2019, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship has awarded more than $6.5 million in college scholarships to 2,266 applicants since its inception in 1996.

The online 2023 Samsung American Legion Scholarship application process is now CLOSED. Please check back for the 2024 scholarship application process.



  • Applicants must be high school juniors who attend either American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

  • Applicants must be direct descendants (i.e., child, grandchild, great-grandchild, or legally adopted child) of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion.

  • Applicants with membership to the American Legion Auxiliary will receive a bonus point. Or, they can receive a bonus point by uploading a membership card of a parent. No more than one bonus point for an application. Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies and applied toward tuition, books, fees, and room and board. 

  • Applicants who are direct descendants of Korean War veterans will receive 3 bonus points.

  • Scholarship winners are selected based on academic record, involvement in school and community activities, community service, and financial need.


Scholarship applicants must complete and submit their online application prior to 11:59 pm (local time) of Day 1 of their respective 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.

Applicants should check their individual program coordinator to determine whether you must provide them 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.

Award Amounts

  • 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

2024 Samsung American Legion Scholarship Application2024

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