Samsung American Legion Scholarship

ATTENDANCE AT THE AMERICAN LEGION BUCKEYE BOYS STATE PROGRAM COULD QUALIFY YOU FOR A CHANCE AT A $10,000 OR $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP!

In 1995, the Samsung Electronics Group in South Korea wished to do something to express the gratitude of the South Korean people to the United States and the United States military personnel who fought to maintain the freedom of South Korea during the Korean war.

The Samsung Electronics Group looked at many national civic and fraternal organizations across the country and finally selected the American Legion as the beneficiary of a gift from the Samsung Group because of the American Legion's ongoing commitment and programs to educate young men and women; especially the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs and the status of the American Legion as the worlds largest veterans organization.

The gift from the Samsung Electronics Group came in the form of a $5 million dollar endowment to the national American Legion headquarters to create the SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP which is offered annually to those attending the American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs in their respective states.

If you are a DIRECT descendant (i.e. child, grandchild, great-grandchild) of a United States veteran who served honorably during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War or the war in Afghanistan, or a legally adopted child of a U.S. veteran who served as shown, you may be eligible to apply for the SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP.

From a national pool of approximately 98 candidates, ten (10) national finalists and ten (10) national runners-up are chosen annually. Each national finalist will receive a $10,000 SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP. Each national runner-up will receive a $5,000 SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP.

Since the inception of the Samsung American Legion scholarship, the American Legion Buckeye Boys State program has been honored to have four (4) young men selected to receive a Samsung American Legion Scholarships:

  • 1997: Eric Bucher, Navarre, Ohio
  • 2003: Brett Smith, New London, Ohio
  • 2010: Joshua Foerst, Streetsboro, Ohio
  • 2013: Dallas DeBruin, Greenfield, Ohio

Participation in American Legion Buckeye Boys State is the only place and time in the state of Ohio a young man may apply for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship.

Instructions on how to access and complete the official online SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP application are available at The American Legion National website: Samsung American Legion Scholarship.