There are a number of scholarships offered to graduating seniors who are related to members of the VFW or American Legion, including relatives who are deceased. The American Legion offers a number of scholarships to students who have participated in Legion youth programs such as Legion baseball and Badger Boys/Girls State. Now is the time to research these and prepare applications, as deadlines for submission are approaching.
Westby Post 8021 offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have relatives (living or deceased) who are members of Post 8021 or its auxiliary. The number and amount of the scholarships vary depending on the number of applicants, and generally range from $100 to $250. More detailed information is available from the high school counselor at 608-634-0124 or Tom Sharratt at 608-634-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two scholarships offered through the VFW Department of Wisconsin.
There are multiple Frank Brown Scholarships awarded to students annually. The amount of these scholarships is generally $500, and roughly 10 are awarded statewide. The Lillian Campbell Medical Scholarships include several awarded annually to students pursuing medical careers and one annually to a student enrolled in EMT training classes. For details and the application forms, go to www.vfwofwi.com, click on tools, then downloadable forms. Scroll down to scholarships.
Several American Legion scholarships are available at the national level. Go to www.legion.org, click on programs and then scholarships.
Scholarships are available for participants in the American Legion baseball program, Badger Boys/Girls State and Boy Scouts who achieve the rank of Eagle. The national American Legion Oratorical Contest is held annually in January and offers significant scholarships. This contest is open to students in grades nine to 12. Check the website for details.
There are also several scholarships available at the state level. Check www.wilegion.org/page/content/programs/scholarships-and-awards where more than 10 special scholarships are listed.
Be sure and check out the Americanism and Government Test Program, which is offered online and at the high school every spring. This is available to students in grades 10 to 12.
There are a number of annual contests sponsored by the VFW and American Legion that offer scholarships up to $30,000. These include the Voice of Democracy (for students in grades nine to 12) and Patriots Pen (for students in grades six to eight), both of which are available in classes at the Westby schools.
More detailed information on these scholarships is available from the high school counselor at 608-634-0124 or Tom Sharratt at 608-634-2118 or email@example.com.