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.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Christie White

Americanism and Children & Youth Coordinator

High School Award

Tyler Barnhart of Weston, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Boys State Alumni. Tyler will be attending Bowling Green State University in the fall.


 

Caleb Baughman of Sidney, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant.  Caleb will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall.


 

Abigail Gardner of Maumee, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout.  Abigail will be attending The University of Cincinnati in the fall.


 

Stephanie Rubal of Columbus, Ohio is the great granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout.  Stephanie will be attending Bowling Green State University in the fall.


 

Rebecca Morelock of Gibsonburg, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant.  Rebecca will be attending Bowling Green State University in the fall.


 

Shea Hartsel of Fostoria, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant.  Shea will be attending Malone University in the fall.


 

Finnegan Huxell of Milford, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout and Buckeye Boys State Alumni.  Finnegan will be attending Northern Kentucky University in the Fall.


 

Christopher Cubick of Canfield, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Boys State Alumni.  Christopher will be attending Kent State University in the fall.


 

Joshua Amato of Piketon, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout.  Joshua will be attending Shawnee State University this fall.


 

Lauren Roncone of North Canton, Ohio is the great granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Girls State Alumni. Lauren will be attending The University of Mount Union in the fall.


 

Christian Sincich of Warren, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout and a Buckeye Boys State Alumni. Christian will be attending Eastern Gateway Community College in the fall.


 

Grace Wallace of Dover, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout. Grace will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall.


 

Owen Salyer of McArthur, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a former Americanism and Government Test participant and Buckeye Boys State Alumni. Owen will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall.


 

Rylie White of Shelby, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire. Rylie will be attending University of Cincinnati in the fall.


 

Elizabeth Eberwine of Oxford, Ohio is the daughter of a Legionnaire and is a former Girl Scout. Elizabeth will be attending Auburn University in the fall.


 

Andrew Robinette of Bowling Green, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire. Andrew will be attending Kent State University in the fall.


 

Joseph Fediaczko of Beloit, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire. Joseph will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall.


 

Seth Mawer of Upper Sandusky, Ohio is the great grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout. Seth will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall.


College/University Award

Cody Debos of Massillon, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire and is a Buckeye Boys State Alumni and a former Boy Scout.  Cody is currently enrolled at University of Mount Union.


 

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.


 

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


 

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


 

James Schmitz of Beavercreek, Ohio is the son of a Legionnaire.  James is currently attending Wright State University.


 

Mallory Barnhart of Fairborn, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire. Mallory is currently enrolled at Wright State University.


 

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


 

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


 

Hannah Bair of Plain City, Ohio is the granddaughter of a Legionnaire. Hannah is currently enrolled at University of Dayton.


 

Durward I Bernhard Award

Payne Johnson of Barnesville, Ohio is the great grandson of a Legionnaire and is a former Boy Scout.  Payne is currently attending Ohio Wesleyn University.


 

Donald L. Lanthorn Award

Noah McGinniss of Marion, Ohio is the grandson of a Legionnaire. Noah is currently attending University of Cincinnati.


American Legion Membership Award

Brian Schultz of Cleveland, Ohio is an American Legion Member of Post 91 and is a Persian Gulf Navy veteran.  Brian is currently attending Cleveland State University to pursue his degree.


 

Scholarship breakdown for 2020

  High School College Members           County
# of Applicants 18      9 1 2
Average GPA 4.040 3.930 3.65 4.112
Average ACT 27      28.777 29
Participated in
Legion Programs
15/18 3/9 0/1

1/2

 

Applicants Employed 14/18      8/9 1/1  1/2
Applicants in Accelerated Programs 16/18       5/9 1/2

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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