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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Education

Chairman Teri Miller

“Winning the GOLD by Providing Educational Opportunities”

The purpose of the Education Program is to promote the American Legion Auxiliary’s role in providing quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion and support of education beyond high school, especially for military families.

What Can We Do?
1. Enhance respect for the sacrifices of our military heroes among school children by scheduling Veterans in Community Schools programs at local schools.
• Collaborate with an American Legion post to present Veterans in Community Schools within your local schools.
• Promote your Veterans in Community Schools event through local media and on your own social media accounts.

2. Promote American Legion Auxiliary scholarships, and award local scholarships on both the Unit and Department levels.
• Assign a member to communicate with schools regarding scholarship applications. Inform the schools about National, Department and Unit American Legion Auxiliary scholarship opportunities available. Make sure the scholarship applications are provided to local schools.
• Prepare a news release with scholarship information for local media and your post/unit newsletter.
• Make a donation to the American Legion Auxiliary education scholarship funds.
• Publicize the winners of Auxiliary scholarships.

3. Support Give 10 to Education, American Education week and Teachers Appreciation Week.
• Participate in the “Give 10 to Education” by collecting donations or purchasing items to distribute to schools in multiples of 10. Recognition certificates are available to download and print at www.ilala.org.
• Participate in American Education Week November 13-17, 2017; remember to recognize all school personnel, not just teachers.
• Participate in Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-12, 2018.
• Thank you cards for both American Education Week and Teachers Appreciation week are on our website for Units to print.

4. Assist and support veterans pursuing higher education and vocational education.
• Collaborate with a Student Veterans of America Chapter or other campus student veterans group at colleges and universities in your community or area. Promote the National American Legion Auxiliary Non-traditional Student Scholarship and the Department Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship.
• Arrange for a Post Home to be available for off-campus events/chapter meetings.
• Sign up to receive The American Legion’s Legislative Action Alerts, and support the alerts regarding the GI Bill.

5. Assist and support military children with educational opportunities.
• Inform schools of the free tutoring website for military children: www.tutor.com/military
• Provide local schools with a copy of the Educator’s Guide to the Military
Child During Deployment: www. ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/homefront/homefront.pdf
• Promote the American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
• Encourage junior members to contact their school guidance counselor and volunteer to be a mentor to new military children at their school.
• Use some of your Give 10 to Education supplies to make backpacks welcoming military children at school.

We will be collecting statistics/data on:
Give 10 to Education
Veterans in Community Schools
American Education Week / Teacher Appreciation Week Number of cards sent
Student Veterans of America Groups
Scholarships - number of applications received from students for National Scholarships

Scholarships: All ALA scholarships should be submitted by March 1, 2018 to a local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Scholarship applications are available for download on both the Department and National websites.

There are three (3) National Scholarships available:

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship

• Awarded to children of veterans who served in the armed forces during the eligibility dates for The American Legion
• Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in each division.
• The applicant must complete 50 hours of community service during his/her high school years to be eligible for one of these scholarships.

The Non-traditional Student Scholarship
• One scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in each American Legion Auxiliary division.
• Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which the application is made.

Spirit of Youth Scholarship
• One Junior member in each division will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
• The applicant must have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the immediate past three years, hold a current membership card continue her membership in the American Legion Auxiliary during the four-year scholarship period.

Each of these scholarships requires an essay to be written and community service hours to be accumulated along with membership requirements.

The National scholarships applications will be available on the Department website at www.ilala.org or by request from the Department Office. The National scholarship packets will need to be returned to the Department office and will be judged by a panel of judges.

National VAVS Scholarship (www.volunteer.va.gov/ParkeScholarship.asp)
• Candidates must have completed 100 hours of regularly scheduled VAVS volunteer service during the calendar year prior to September 1st.
• A Student in the 10th grade or above, and have not reached their 19th birthday.
• Scholastic activity, dependability, fulfillment and acceptance of responsibility, personality and pleasantness to patients and staff, leadership capability, inspiration to patients through service performed and appearance.
• Contact the Medical Center Director if you have a youth volunteer who may qualify.
• Medical Center Director nominates a candidate for this scholarship.

Illinois Scholarships – There are three (3) Scholarships available:

Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship

• Applicants for this scholarship shall be children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion.
• This scholarship is for students finishing their senior year of high school or are graduates of an accredited high school, but who have not attended an institution of higher learning.
• Applicant must be a resident of the State of Illinois or a member in good standing of the American Legion Family, Department of Illinois.

Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members
• Applicants for this scholarship shall be/shall have been a Junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Illinois.
• Said Junior to have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the past three years and currently holds a 2018 membership card.

Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship
• Is an opportunity for students continuing their education.
• Students who have received an Education Scholarship in the past may apply for the Mildred R. Knoles scholarship for their Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in college along with graduate studies.
• Applicants for this scholarship shall be veterans, children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of veterans who have served during the eligibility dates, who are in need of financial assistance to continue their college/university education.
• Applicant must be a resident of the State of Illinois or a member in good standing of the American Legion Family, Department of Illinois.
• Those pursuing a Nursing career are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.
• This application should not be given to high school counselors!

Illinois Scholarships: All Illinois scholarships remain at $1,000 each, and we will award as many scholarships as “funds permit”; this will depend on the amount of contributions to the Education Fund. In order for Units to submit an application, Units must make a minimum contribution of $5.00 to the Education fund by March 15, 2018. Memorial gifts may be designated for the Department Education Fund. Please consider making an initial contribution and consider fund raisers for additional contributions as a later date.

Included in this packet is the Scholarship Matrix that explains all of the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships available, both National and Department Scholarships with requirements, along with deadline dates and who the application is to be submitted to. Please feel free to make copies of this matrix and distribute.

We will continue to include the Scholarship Announcement Press Release with the congratulatory award letter to the recipient with a copy also going to the Unit President. It is the responsibility of the recipient and/or the Unit to send the press release to the media for publication in your area.

Units may submit an application for the following:
• One Department Scholarship (Ada Mucklestone OR Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members OR the Mildred R. Knoles). If you have more than one applicant please contact another Unit and ask if they would sponsor the other applicant.

• One application for EACH of the National Scholarships (Children of Warriors National President’s, Non-Traditional Student and the Spirit of Youth for Junior members).

• There are three other Illinois Scholarships available; please check out the Past Presidents Scholarship for Nursing Students, The Edna Unfer Scholarship and the Children and Youth Scholarship.

If you have questions or concerns about the Education program, please contact one of the committee members or the Department Office for assistance. If an application has missing pieces or other problems and has been submitted prior to the deadline date we will contact the Unit for further information to prevent the application from being disqualified.

For additional education resources check out www.ALAforVeterans.org.

National Awards:

Most Outstanding Unit Education Program
• Award: Citation plaque
• Presented to: One unit in each division (5)
• Materials and guidelines
o Awarded to the unit in each division with the most outstanding Education program
o Narrative not to exceed 1,000 words. Include specific examples of how your Unit worked the Education program, including Veterans in Community Schools.
o May include pictures, news articles, news releases, etc.
o Deadline is June 1, 2018
o Send to Central Division Education Chairman, Kathy Cisna, 813 Lincoln Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938 or email kfcisna@gmail.com postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST. (4 p.m. Illinois time)

• Give 10 to Education – printable recognition certificates are available to download and print at www.ilala.org or www.ALAforVeterans.org on the Education Program webpage.

Department Awards:
• Ruby’s Canteen Dancers Plaque – to the Unit for the best overall participation in the Education program.

Personal Awards:
• $10.00 runner-up to the Ruby’s Canteen Dancers Plaque
• Certificate of Appreciation- to all Units contributing a full scholarship of $1,000 or more.

This note was received from a grateful student after the Department Convention in July –
American Legion Auxiliary, Thank you so very much for granting me the Mildred Knoles scholarship. I am so appreciative of the Auxiliary helping me financially again this year and in the past. The American Legion Auxiliary is such a fine organization, not only helping me but supporting many, many veterans as well. I will never forget my experiences at Girls State. I have been very fortunate and blessed to be a part of your kind, generous and helpful organization. With sincere gratitude, Karenna Lange.

National Scholarship

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items

Click Here: Education

  • Scholarship Press Release Template
  • Give 10 to Education Suggested Donation Items and Tracking Sheet
  • How to Organize a School Supply Drive
  • How to Partner with Schools to incorporate Mission Related Projects

Department Resources