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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois


Barb Howe

Important Note:
There was a mistake on the "Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members".  Please send to Bara Howe, 4714 Ottawa Rd., Wonder Lake, IL. 60097-9514, not the person listed on the application. 

"Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship" applications should be sent to Carollee Junge.

"Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship" applications should be sent to Anna Wright. 

Also: Under Department Scholarships 2022-2023 - Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members and where to send should read Barb Howe and not Barb Rose.

Could you please send in a little money for the Education Scholarships? We always give away a lot Education Scholarships to very deserving students. If you have not con-tributed, please do so NOW. It must be at Department office before March 15th. Any little bit helps. ALSO REMEMBER THAT THE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND IS PRESIDENT JANET’S SPECIAL PROJECT. Please support her Special Project. Thank you to those people and Units that have contributed to the Education Fund. If you have questions, please call me and I will try to help you.

Barbara Howe, Education Committee 815-355-0253

This year’s education theme is:” Education is Beary important for the future of our youth”

What we can do?
1. Enhance respect for the sacrifices of our military heroes among school aged children by scheduling Local programs at functions. Now days there a lot more home-schooled children there use to be so please think outside the box to include home schooled children.
a. Join forces with The American Legion Post to present Veterans in school programs in your Community.
b. Don’t forget to promote the events through local media and your own social media.

2. Award American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships, at both the unit and Department levels
a. Inform schools in your community about Department and any Unit American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship opportunities offered, you can use the matrix (hold up Matrix) to assist you in the remittance of ALL the scholarship applications.
b. Make sure the scholarship applications are provided to all local schools
c. Make a donations to the Department American Legion Auxiliary Education Fund, before you hand out the applications to the school then you are one step closer to sponsoring a scholarship application and you don’t have to worry about the deadline of March 15, 2023. This way you have some funds already at Department office for your scholarship applications.
d. Publicize the winners of any Auxiliary scholarships.

3. Support “Give 10 to Education, American Education Week and Teachers Appreciation week.
a. This still a good program for you to participate in “Give 10 to Education” by collecting donations or purchasing item to schools in multiples of 10.
b. “Give 10 to Education” participation certifications will be available on the Department website for Unit to print off.
c. Participate in American Education week is the week of November 14-18, 2022 remember to recognize all school personnel, not just teachers.
d. Promote Teacher Appreciation Week is the week of May 1-5, 2023
e. Cards for both American Education Week and Teachers Appreciation Week will be on our website for unit to print out 

4. Assist and support veterans pursing higher education.
a. Collaborate with Student Veterans of America chapter or other student veterans groups at colleges and universities in your area. Promote the Department Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship. Don’t have any information about National scholarship at this time.

The Education Committee will still collect data on:
• Give 10 to Education, number of certificates printed.
• Number of Veterans in School programs held
• American Education Week number of cards sent
• Teacher Appreciation Week number of cards sent
• Number of Student Veterans of America Group helped.
• Scholarships- number of applications received from student for National Scholarship 

Scholarships available: National Scholarships that are not available for me to access at this time. When and if the National scholarship become available the will be put on the Department website and sent out in October President Packet.

Illinois scholarships include: 
• Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members, applications must be to the sponsoring Unit no later than March 15, 2023. And Education Committee by April1, 2023

• Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship, applications must be to the sponsoring Unit no later than March 15, 2023. And Education Committee by April1, 2023

• Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship, applications must be to the sponsoring Unit no later than March 15, 2023. And Education Committee by April1, 2023

Student who have received an Education scholarship in the past may again apply for the Mildred R. Knoles scholarship in their Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in College and graduate work. This application should not be given to the high school counselors!!

District Presidents, please remind your Unit that they need to read the rules carefully, and contribute to the Department Education Fund before March 15, 2023. The Education committee does not want to disqualify anyone for carelessness. If you need to make a checklist of everything requires for each induvial scholarship application.

• Illinois scholarships will remain at $1,000 each, and we will award as many scholarships as fund permit.
• We will continue to use the Education Matrix that outlines all of the National, and Department Scholarships.
• Each Unit may submit the following.
• Only one application for only of the Illinois scholarship, either Illinois Scholarship for a Junior member
• or Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship
• Or Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship.
• If you additional applicants please contact another Unit to see if they have paid in to the Department Education Fund and can sponsor that scholarship applicant.
• Don’t have any information National Scholarships at this time.

Please remember that Past President Parley has there Scholarship for Nurses and Children and Youth have their own scholarship also.

Units must donate to the Education fund before March 15, 2023 Ask your Units, Counties, District and Divisions to make initial contributions and possible hold fund raises for additional contributions later. Memorial gifts may also be designated for the Department Education Fund.

Please read carefully all rule and application requirement for all the different scholarships. Make sure that the scholarship application and required paperwork are sent in before the deadline.

Department Awards
• Ruby’s Canteen Dancers Plaque- to the Unit for the best overall participation in the Education program-judged from report for.

Personal Awards
• $10.00 runner –up to the Ruby’s Canteen Dancers Plaque
• Certificate of Appreciation –to all Units contributing a full scholarship including Memorials

The Education committee consists of Carollee Junge, Anna Wright and myself. We hoping for lots of scholarship applications on time and money sent to the Education fund on time.

Resources from National

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Department Resources