Scholarships

Are you looking for money for college?

The American Legion, Department of Michigan provides opportunities for high school students to apply for scholarships or prize money for college through the programs we offer.  Awards vary by program and qualifications.

Are you the descendant of an American war-time era Veteran?

$500 Award

William D. & Jewell Brewer Scholarship – available to only Michigan residents who are high school seniors or college students – without a bachelors degree, who are a son, daughter,  grandchild or great-grandchild of a war-time veteran planning to or are attending any nationally accredited college or university or trade school. Selection is based on a student’s G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher, financial need, parent’s or grandparent’s honorable active war-time military service, goals and intentions.  Scholarships are $500 and non-renewable.

To apply for the Brewer Scholarship click here

$500 Award

Guy M. Wilson Scholarship – available to only Michigan residents who are high school seniors and are a son, daughter, grandchild or great-grandchild of a war-time veteran planning to or are attending any Michigan accredited college or university or trade school. Selection is based on a student’s G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher, financial need, parent’s or grandparent’s honorable active war-time military service, goals and intentions.  Scholarships are $500 and non-renewable.

To apply for the Guy M. Wilson Scholarship click here.

Up to $20,000

Samsung Boys/Girls State Scholarship – Scholarship applications are restricted to high school juniors who attend the current session of either The American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program and 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 American Legion Scholarship click here

To learn about attending Boys State click here and to learn about Girls State click here


Scholarships available to any participant of these programs. 

American Legion Baseball Scholarships.  If you play on an American Legion Baseball team in Michigan see the our baseball page here for two available scholarships.

To apply for the Robert Turner Scholarship click here.

$800 up to $18,000 possible for Oratorical Contest

Oratorical Contest Scholarships– The American Legion Oratorical Contest contestants compete at the department level for  $1500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $800 for third place with scholarships.  The first place winner will advance to the national contest for an opportunity to win $14,000, $16,000, or $18,000 in scholarship money.  Learn more about our oratorical contest here.

Register by November 20, 2018 to compete in the contest click here.

$500 to $1,000

Student Trooper/Youth Cadet Law Enforcement – Four participants of the American Legion, Department of Michigan student trooper program will be selected by the instructors of the program in four areas.  To learn more about the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program click here.  Awards are given for the following:

Student Trooper of the Year – $1,000
Class Orator – $500
Academic Award – $500
Marksmanship Award – $500

To apply for the Student Trooper/Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program click here.

$1,000 to $10,000 for qualifying Eagle Scouts

Eagle Scout Scholarship Boy scouts who are members of an American Legion, Department of Michigan post troop and have obtained the level of eagle scout or are the descendant of American Legion member may apply.  The winner at the department level receives a $1,000 scholarship and is advanced to the national level for consideration for Eagle Scout of the Year and a $10,000 scholarship.  See the scouting page for more details.