Since 1971, The American Legion Department of Ohio has awarded scholarships to deserving students to assist them with the ever-increasing costs associated with higher education.

Any accredited institution of higher learning with a program of education or a vocational objective qualifies.

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Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following. Failure to meet or provide the below will result in applicant being disqualified.

  • Be a Legionnaire in good standing OR
  • Be a direct descendant of a Legionnaire in good standing OR
  • Be a direct desendant of a deceased Legionnaire in good standing at the time of passing
  • If not a Legionnaire, must be a high school senior or military veteran eligible for Legion membership
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher AND
  • Have an ACT of 25 or higher
  • Provide an accurately completed application along with all required documentation
  • If a high school senior, be attending college fall semester immediately following high school graduation

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria shall be based upon academic achievement through course grades, difficulty of curriculum, scholastic and ACT test scores, participation in outside activities, and the Committee’s general impression of student’s character obtained from personal statement.

Awards

Awards of at least $2,000 have been made by the Selection Committee in the recent past, but the quantity and amount of awards is dependent upon annual fund earnings.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Christie White

Americanism and Children & Youth Coordinator

High School Award

Matthew Gilkerson of Navarre, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire. Matthew will be attending The Ohio State University.


 

Caroline Meyer of Cincinnati, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout.  Caroline will be attending The Ohio State University.


 

Meghan Johnson of Lucasville, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire.  Meghan will be attending Marshall University.


 

Jordan Hammond of West Portsmouth, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant.  Jordan will be attending Ohio University.


 

Benjamin Williams of Dayton, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout and earned his Eagle Scout.  Benjamin will be attending The Ohio State University.


 

Kary Tollefson of Greenville, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire.  Kary will be attending The University of Findlay.


 

Maxwell Phillips of New Washington, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout, Buckeye Boys State Alumni Americanism and Government Test participant and SAL member.  Maxwell will be attending Ohio Northern University.


 

Virginia Cameron of Lakeside, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout.  Virginia will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design.


 

Grace Dyer of Miamisburg, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout.  Grace will be attending Miami University.


 

Ericarae Herrick of Swanton, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Girls State Alumni and Auxiliary member. Ericarae will be attending Miami University.


 

Adam Harr of Defiance, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a former Buckeye Boys State Alumni and Americanism and Government Test participant. Adam will be attending Miami University.


 

Savannah Koester of Sidney, Ohio is the great granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout and Americanism and Government Test participant. Savannah will be attending Tulane University.


 

William Henkel of Cincinnati, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a former Buckeye Boys State Alumni. William will be attending Washington University in St. Louis.


 

Connor Lindberg of West Chester, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire. Connor will be attending University of Cincinnati.


 

Carson Ingram of Shelby, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire. Carson will be attending Hillsdale College.


 

Riley Howland of Cincinnati, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire. Riley will be attending Auburn University.


 

Dylan Wierwillie of Wapakoneta, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout. Dylan will be attending Bowling Green State University.


 

Madalynn Aumend of Ashland, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant. Madalynn will be attending Ashland University.


College/University Award

Hannah Horsington of Newark, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Girls State Alumni, Americanism and Government Test participant, and Oratorical Contestant.  Hannah is currently enrolled at Miami University.


 

Jeremy Schmitz of Beavercreek, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire.  Jeremy is currently enrolled at Wright State University.


 

Owen Salyer of McArthur, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant.  Owen is currently enrolled at Ohio University.


 

Alexandria Fellie of Xenia, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire.  Alexandria is currently enrolled at Colorado School of Mines.


 

Alaina Feather of Brecksville, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire.  Alaina is currently enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia.


 

Caroline Holmes of Nashport, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout.  Caroline is currently enrolled at Hillsdale College.


 

Cynthia Morris of Centerburg, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire. Cynthia is currently enrolled at University of Cincinnati.


 

Shea Hartsel of Fostoria, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant. Shea is currently enrolled at Malone University.


 

Stephanie Rubal of Columbus, Ohio is the great granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout. Stephanie is currently enrolled at Bowling Green State University.


 

Makayla Aichholz of New Washington, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and former participant in the Americanism and Government Test.  Makayla is currently enrolled at Bowling Green State University.


 

Allison Barnhart of Fairborn, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire. Hannah is currently enrolled at University of Cincinnati.


 

Dominic Velasquez of Canfield, Ohio is the great grandson of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Boys State Alumni.  Dominic is currently enrolled at The Ohio State University.


 

Lauren Roncone of North Canton, Ohio is the great granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Girls State Alumni. Lauren is currently enrolled at The University of Mount Union.


 

Donald L. Lanthorn Award

Sean Richardson of Marysville, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Boys State Alumni and former Boy Scout. Sean is currently attending Vanderbilt University.


American Legion Membership Award

Aneta Mullins of Medina, Ohio is an American Legion Member at Post 202 in Medina and is a Iraq Army veteran.  Anita is currently attending Cuyahoga Community College to pursue her degree.


Durward I. Bernhard Scholarship Award

One scholarship award of at least $1,000 shall be designated the Durward I. Bernhard Scholarship Award and provided to a resident of Belmont County in honor of the benefactor of our fund and the area of Ohio from which he came.

Applicant must indicate that they are a Belmont County resident on the application to assure consideration for this special award. Applicants selected will be considered for other awards given by The American Legion Department of Ohio.

Don Lanthorn Scholarship

In honor of the Past Department Service Director, Donald Lanthorn, one scholarship award of at least $1,000 shall be designated the Don Lanthorn Scholarship Award and provided to a high school senior from one of the following 6 counties:

Delaware

Knox

Licking

Madison

Marion

Morrow

Union

Applicant must indicate they are a resident in one of the above Ohio counties on the application and meet the enclosed listed “eligibility” requirements to be considered for this special award.

Screening Committee

The Scholarship Screening Committee for The Ohio American Legion Scholarships Awards is established by Article X, Section 6, of the Constitution of The American Legion, Department of Ohio, and consists of the following:

COMMANDER
Dept. of Ohio

1ST VICE COMMANDER
Dept. of Ohio

2ND VICE COMMANDER
Dept. of Ohio

IMMEDIATE PAST COMMANDER
Dept. of Ohio

ADJUTANT
Dept. of Ohio

CHAIRPERSON
Appointed by Dept. Commander

CHAIRPERSON
Americanism Committee

CHAIRPERSON
Child Welfare Committee

TREASURER
Dept. of Ohio

THREE (3) COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Appointed by Dept. Commander

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