“Get an Education, It's A Jungle Out There”
The Education Program promotes 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, with a special emphasis on children of veterans and service members.
What Can We Do?
1. Enhance respect for the sacrifices of our military heroes among school children by scheduling Veterans in Schools programs at local schools.
• Join forces with The American Legion posts to present Veterans in Schools within your Community.
• Promote these events through local media and on your own social media accounts.
2. Award American Legion Auxiliary scholarships, at both the Unit and Department levels.
• Inform the schools in your community about National, Department and Unit American Legion Auxiliary scholarship opportunities offered, use the matrix it will assist you in the remittance of scholarship applications.
• Make sure the scholarship applications are provided to local schools.
• Make a donation to the Department American Legion Auxiliary Education fund.
• 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.
• “Give 10 to Education” participation certificates will be available on the Department website for Units to print off.
• Participate in American Education Week November 12-16, 2018; remember to recognize all school personnel, not just teachers.
• Promote Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-11, 2019.
• Cards for both American Education Week and Teachers Appreciation Week will be on our website for Units to print and distribute.
4. Assist and support veterans pursuing higher education.
• Collaborate with a Student Veterans of America Chapter or other campus student veterans group at colleges and universities in your 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.
5. Assist and support military children with educational opportunities.
• Promote the Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship
• Organize a classroom recognition event for military children to share the accomplishments of a relative who is serving.
We will be collecting statistics/data on:
• Give 10 to Education, number of certificates printed
• Veterans in 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
National Scholarships available: applications available on the website
• Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship – is awarded to children of Veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for The American Legion
• Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members
• Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, Illinois had a winner this year
• James H. Parke Memorial Scholarship – encourage youth volunteers (junior members or not) to pursue this scholarship with local VA personnel
Illinois Scholarships include: applications will be in the October mailing and available from the Unit President
• Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members – for Junior members who shall be/shall have been Junior members for the past 3 years and currently holds a 2019 membership card
• Ada Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship – for students graduating from high school. *
• Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship –for students continuing their college education, sophomore through senior year. We also award this scholarship for those doing graduate work. *
*Note – for the Ada Mucklestone and the Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship the eligibility includes through present day service
Students who have received an Education Scholarship in the past may again apply for the Mildred R. Knoles scholarship for their Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in college and graduate work. This application should not be given to high school counselors!
District Presidents please remind your Units that they need to read the rules carefully. The Education Committee does not want to disqualify anyone this year because of carelessness. Please make sure the Unit page has been completed, everything is included on letterhead if needed!
• Illinois scholarships remain at $1,000 each, and we will award as many scholarships as “funds permit.”
• We will continue to use the Education Matrix that outlines all of the National and Department Scholarships that are available in one document. This matrix will be included in the October mailing and available at the Fall Forums.
Each Unit may submit the following:
• One application for only ONE of the Illinois scholarships: Ada Mucklestone, OR Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members OR the Mildred R. Knoles Department scholarship. If you have additional applicants please contact another Unit to see if they could sponsor.
• One application for each of the following National Scholarships: Children of Warriors National President’s, Non-Traditional Student and the Spirit of Youth for Junior members.
Please remember that the above mentioned scholarships are NOT for careers in Nursing.
• The Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship and the Children and Youth Scholarship each fall under their respective programs, please watch the mailings for more information.
Units must donate to the Education Fund by March 15, 2019. Ask your Units, Counties, Districts, and Divisions to make initial contributions now and then possibly hold fund raisers for additional contributions later. This year we were only able to award half of the applicants a scholarship. Memorial gifts may also be designated for the Department Education Fund.
All contest rules and applications for the Department Scholarships will be in the Special October mailing – PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY!
• Ruby’s Canteen Dancers Plaque – to the Unit for the best overall participation in the Education program – judged from the Unit report form.
• $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 Pat Kranzow, Teri Miller and myself. We are looking to NO disqualifications and awarding as many scholarships as possible.