The American Legion Auxiliary believes education is vital to democracy and that investing
time and money to educate our youth is literally an investment in America’s future. Our
Education program fosters learning for children in our own communities, with our main
focus on the children of our military and veterans.
We know the sacrifices of our veterans are the reason we live in freedom; easing the
burden of the cost of their children’s education is one way we can express our gratitude to
them. To that purpose, the Auxiliary supports a number of scholarship programs on the
Department and National level. These include the Department Susan Burdett, Margureite
McAlpin, Florence Lemke and two gift Scholarships. As well the National President’s
Scholarship educating Children of Warriors, awarded annually to 15 outstanding students
who are the children of veterans; the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, awarded
annually to five students who are members of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of
The American Legion; and the Spirit of Youth Scholarship, awarded annually to one Junior
Auxiliary member in each of the Auxiliary’s five national divisions. Units and departments
are encouraged to publicize the availability of these scholarship programs in their
communities and to establish new scholarships at the local level.
Educating our communities about the sacrifices of our military men and women is another
goal of the Auxiliary. Units and departments are encouraged to participate in our
organization’s national education initiatives and those of The American Legion. One of these
initiatives—Veterans in the Classroom—is an effort to bring history to life by having local
veterans speak to students about their real life experiences in the military. Other initiatives
include collaborating with Family Readiness Groups, known as FRGs, to assist with special
projects for the schools on military bases, and conducting local projects to donate school
supplies to children in need.