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The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Legion facilitates the awarding of millions of dollars in scholarships to high school students. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs. The Legion also publishes a valuable resource in “Need a Lift?” – a comprehensive guide to seeking and obtaining scholarships.
American Legion Service Girls Post 204 Scholarship
Service Girls Post 204 is the surviving all women’s’ post in Washington Department. In the early spring of 1946 Margy Parker, Jeannette Buxton Nelson, Jeanne Boyd and Ruth Morgan (Nordstrom) met to discuss Margy’s idea of an organization for girls who served in WAC, WAVES, SPARS and Marines of WWII. Later the Air Force and nurses would be included). Forty-four women signed the permanent charter on September 21, 1946.
Lucile Banning set up a trust for the post in 2010 to fund this program.
The first thought about how to honor her memory was to set up this scholarship will assist women veterans achieve their educational goals. This program offers financial support for community college and undergraduate degrees to women veterans and their lineal descendents. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service and need.
The scholarships are available for tuition assistance at the community college level or four-year academic institutions.
Scholarships are for $1,000.
1. Applicant must be a member of Service Girls Post 204 or the female child of a member of Service Girls Post 204.
2. Applicant must be a high school graduate or GED equivalency with a GPA of at least 2.5 and enrolled in an accredited college not later than fall of application year.
3. Applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university, have academic credits by summer session of the application year for freshman, junior or senior standing and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Selection of scholarship recipient(s) will be made by a Scholarship Committee appointed by the Post Officers. The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, books and school documented room and board. The funds will be sent to the academic institution for documented expenses and must be used in the academic year awarded. These funds may not be used for prior academic expenses.
1. Application materials, application form, essay, transcript, recommendations, proof of matriculation at designated accredited academic institution, as well as proof of current membership in Post 204 of the American Legion of the applicant or the sponsor must be postmarked by 1 April of the application year.
2. The application must be accompanied by a short essay (two pages or less, typed, double spaced) highlighting why the recipient should be considered for this scholarship and address future plans as related to the program of study. This essay should also include pertinent information in assessing other areas such as community service, activities and work experience.
3. An official transcript from their college or university for current college applicants, or high school transcripts or GED documentation must accompany the application if not yet in college.
4. The application must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation with titles and contact information. For current college/university applicants, one instructor in the applicant’s program of study is preferred.
5. Applications and all materials must be postmarked by the deadline for consideration and selection.
6. All materials should be sent directly to the
America Legion Post 204
3618 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98126-2733
American Legion Service Girls Post 204 Scholarship Application Form
(Last) (First) (Middle)
Social Security Number: ___________________ Email Address: _______________________
Telephone Number: (Home) ____________ (Work) _____________ (Cell) _______________
Home Address: ______________________________________________________________
City: __________________________________ State: _________ Zip: __________________
(Post 204 member or descendant)
Birthdate: __________________________ Student ID #: _____________________________
High School Graduate GED (Check One) Expected Graduation Date: _________________
Program of Study: ________________________________ HS GPA: ____________________
College/University Attending: __________________________________________________
School Address: _____________________________________________________________
Declared Major: ______________________________ Cumulative GPA: ________________
Academic Credits To Date: ___________ Expected Date of graduation: _________________
College Academic Standing:(circle one) Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
This application must be accompanied by a brief essay (two pages or less) highlighting why the applicant should be considered for this scholarship. The essay should include future plans as related to the program of study and include all pertinent information as to community service, activities and work experience. A copy of your most recent transcript and two letters of recommendation must be included by the deadline. Full instructions are on accompanying page.
Student Signature Date
Academic Advisor’s Signature Date