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    The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.  The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.



    American Legion Scholarships


    American Legion Arkansas Garner Trust and Coudret Trust Scholarships

    DEADLINE: 3/11/22


    The American Legion, Department of Arkansas, is offering eight (8) scholarships to be awarded in the spring of each year.  Four of the scholarships are from the Coudret Trust Foundation in the amount of $1,000.00 each and four are from the Garner Trust Foundation in the Amount of $2,500.00 each.  The criteria for the two scholarship programs differ and will be available only to eligible students.  Selections are based upon American spirit, character, leadership quality, scholastic endeavor, and basis of need.





    American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship (Arkansas)

    DEADLINE: 1/7/22


    The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.





    American Legion "Eagle Scout of the Year" Scholarship

    DEADLINE: [check website]


    The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Three runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each. The scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive their scholarship immediately upon graduation from high school (public, parochial, military, private, or home school) and must utilize the total award within four (4) years of their graduation date, excluding active military duty or religious mission. Additionally, the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year will travel to join the Youth Champion Delegation of The American Legion that is honored each August at the annual National Convention of The American Legion.