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 win money for college through the programs we offer. 

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

William D. & Jewell Brewer Scholarship – available to only Michigan residents who are attending high school or college – no 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. 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

Guy Wilson Scholarship – available to only Michigan residents who are attending high school 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. 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.

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.

Oratorical Contest Scholarships– The American Legion Oratorical Contest provides the department first and second place with scholarships of $1,500 and $800 respectively.  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.

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

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.