Many men and women fought in World War II to ensure a better life for future generations, including their own. A number of organizations sponsor scholarships to honor the sacrifice of World War II veterans who fought against the Axis powers. These scholarships are sometimes given to grandchildren of World War II veterans to honor the legacy of the WWII vets.
Navy League of the United States
The Navy League of the United States offers scholarships to honor the sacrifices of war veterans, including those who fought in World War II. One such scholarship, the John J. Schiff, Sr. Scholarship, is awarded to graduating high school students who will be attending an accredited college or university the following year. At the time of publication, awardees receive a one-time award of $10,000. Applicants must be either a child or direct descendant of a war veteran and they must also demonstrate financial need. To apply, those interested must register on the scholarship website and submit the information electronically, including a specified essay and letter of reference.
AMVETS National Scholarship
AMVETS is a volunteer-led organization focused on assisting veterans and their children. It sponsors an annual scholarship for graduating seniors who are grandchildren of U.S. veterans, including veterans of World War II. Applicants must show financial need, academic promise and merit. In addition, they must submit a complete application and an essay. Only the first 200 individuals submitting complete applications will be considered. At the time of publication, six awardees receive $4,000, and one awardee receives $1,000.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers limited amounts of scholarships to grandchildren of World War II veterans. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, have a family adjusted gross income that does not exceed $98,000 for the 2017 tax year and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the following year. Applicants must also submit proof that their grandparent was or is a member of a designated veterans association. The amounts vary from year to year.
Samsung American Legion Scholarships
In cooperation with the American Legion, Samsung operates a $5 million endowment scholarship to show appreciation for U.S. veterans. The scholarships are given to children and grandchildren of veterans, including World War II veterans, who are high school juniors and attend the current session of either the American Legion Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State program. Applicants must submit their academic records, school and community involvement, demonstrate financial need and submit a 500-word essay. The amounts awarded vary but may only be used for undergraduate study and can be used for tuition, books, fees and room and board.
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