Children and Youth

Children and Youth Chairman – Matthew Jackson,

Since our inception, The American Legion realized a need to care for and to protect our nation’s most valuable resources – our children. In 1925, our National Child Welfare Division adopted the “Whole Child” plan. this provides that “the child of every veteran should have a home, health, education, character and opportunitiy,” and is founded on three guidng principles:

—- To stregthen the family unit against the forces of today’s complex society.
—- To extend suppot to organizations and facilities providingservices for children.
—- To maintain a well-rounded program that meets the needs of today’s young people.

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), is “dedicated to the betterment of all children.” Our foremost philathropic priotiy is to provide other nonprofit oranizations with a means to educae the public about the needs of children across this nation. From 1955 to date, over $8 million has been awarded to organizations to assist the children of this country from the American Legion Child welfare Foundation Inc.

Characteristics of Typical Grants
The Foundations grants are awarded for one calendar year and must be completed by December 31 of the award year. Grants have ranged from $750.00 to $100,000, and average about $25,000.

The American Legion Endowment Fund
The Endowent Fund Corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Funds for the operation of the Temporary Financial assistance program are provided from a sa te earnings of the Endowment Fund.

Through TFA, a Post can call upon the National Organization for cash assistance to help maintain the basic needs of veterans’ children. Non-repayable grants are awared to eligible families over a temporary period when it is determined that a child is in need and all other available resources have been exhausted.

TFA is specifically designed to assist minor children of eligible veterans through cash grants. In order to maintain a stable home environment for the child or children, grants are awarded to help families meet the costs of shelter, utilities, food, and medical expenses.

The American Legion Department of Washington’s Children and Youth Scholarship Fund

TWO SCHOLARSHIPS – One (1) $2500 and One (1) $1500 are awarded each year to High School Seniors who complete and qualify for the Department of Washington’s Children and Youth Scholarship Fund.

  • Must be the son or daughter of a member of The American Legion, Department of Washington, or its Auxiliary, living or deceased, currently in good standing, or in good standing at time of death.
  • Must currently be enrolled in an accredited school as a high school senior.
  • May attend any accredited or recognized institution of higher education, or trade or vocational school in the State of Washington.
  • Grades to be considered will cover the last three semesters prior to April 1.
  • Application for Scholarship must be approved by the local American Legion Post, signed by the Post Commander, he Post and include Post name and number, date of application.
  • The Department Children & Youth Commission will be the sole judge of applications and will be responsible for awarding the scholarships.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of Presentation, Family financial needs, Goals, Commitment to goals, and initiative.
  • The Department Children & Youth Commission will certify the names of the winners to the Department Adjutant who will present checks to the winner of the $2500 and the $1500 scholarships. A check in the amount of $1250 ($2500) and one for $750($1500) will be given to the winners at the start of the semester following the next Department Convention. One more payment of $1250($2500) and $750($1500) will be given at the start of the next semester, PROVIDING – that the recipients have maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or better, and have signified their intentions of continuing their schooling.
  • Where school attended is on a quarterly basis, $900 ($2500) and $500 ($1500) will be given at the start of the Fall quarter. At the beginning of the Winter and Spring quarters, $800 ($2500) and $500 ($1500) will be given.
  • In the event either recipient of either scholarship fails to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or drops out of school any unpaid portion of the scholarship will revert to the Scholarship Fund and may, at the discretion of the commission, be awarded to a qualified alternate.

Scholarship Application Forms are available at local American Legion Posts and additional forms may be obtained by the Posts from the Department Adjutant, The American Legion, Department of Washington, PO Box 3917, Lacey, WA 98509-3917.

DEADLINE: All applications are to be physically in Department Headquarters by April 1st. Mail applications to: THE AMERICAN LEGION, Department of Washington, P.O. Box 3917, Lacey, WA 98509-3917.

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