Oxford American Legion Auxiliary

American Legion Auxiliary Local, County, State, and National Scholarships

As of 2015, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 376 of Oxford, NY, is proud to offer their own local scholarship. An ALA Unit 376 Scholarship Committee, chaired by Christine Gregoire, created the first Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit 376 $500 Scholarship. It will be awarded annually to a female senior student, graduating from Oxford Academy High School, who is dedicated to community, perhaps volunteers at the Post 376 Sunday Community Breakfast or other community minded activities and has a relative that is an American Legion member or she may be a member herself.**

Award granted to the college at the end of the first semester, for the second semester, of the first year of college, after showing proof of GPA of at least a 2.0.

**Family member of Legion, Auxiliary member or relative affiliated with Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion (SAL). Or any elegible female student may be an ALA Junior member. (To find out about membership eligibility, go to the Contact/Join page.) Request an ALA membership form at the American Legion Post or at the Oxford High School Guidance Office.

Sierra Holte Klein - the first recipient of the 2015 ALA Unit 376 $500 scholarship.Sierra Holte Klein, Oxford Class of 2015 graduate, was awarded the Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary’s first scholarship of $500. The daughter of Deborah Holte, ALA Unit 376 member, Sierra is eligible for membership through WWII Veteran, Edward Zipay, Deb’s stepfather, a member of the American Legion in Binghamton and Sierra’s grandfather.

The ALA Unit 376 sponsored this scholarship, to benefit a young female graduating senior of Oxford Academy High School. The scholarship is aimed at helping a veteran’s daughter/granddaughter who is a member (or child of a member) of “The American Legion Family” of Post 376. Students who are following their education/career dreams are of the greatest interest to the ALA, not necessarily those with the best grades or least funds. The American Legion Auxiliary believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the organization is so committed to education.

Read on to learn about other great ALA scholarships...

At the Chenango County Level: there is a $100 scholarship given (as many as 5 were given in one year, recently) by the Past President's Parley. This is for a woman going into a nursing/medical field. Contact PPP Chenango County Chairman Barb Pierce or the ALA Unit 376 President, Tesha Tefft who will have a new PPP scholarship application. At the time of this publishing, this is the current application. You must be sponsored by a local Auxiliary Unit (like Unit 376). Signature of Unit President and Education Chairman required.

At the NY State Level: on the Department of NY website go to the "Scholarship" page. Below is a synopsis, but things change. It would be best if you go to the site for up-to-date info. When the scholarships become available (at the Dept of NY website) you will be able to click on the name of each scholarship to learn more and access the application. Please remember that all Dept. of NY scholarship applications must be accompanied by a Scholarship Cover Sheet. (They are available through the Unit president's annual "Plan of Action" book.) You must be sponsored by a local Auxiliary Unit (like this Unit 376). Signature of Unit President and Education Chairman required. (No Auxiliary Unit may submit more than one candidate for each scholarship competition.)

There are 7 Dept. of NY scholarships of varying sizes and requirements. They have a March 1st deadline to get these to the (current) Chenango County Education Chairman and a March 15th deadline (for them) to get the apps to the (current) Department of NY Education Chairman. Most require having to be the daughter, granddaughter, etc. of a veteran from the specified active war periods. The last 3 listed below are the National biggies. (#10 is for out of high school/ older women.)

1. Dept. of NY Scholarship, $1,000
2. Dept. District Scholarship $1,000
3. Raymond T. Wellington Jr. Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
4. Maryann K. Murtha Memorial scholarship, $1,000
5. Helen Klimek Student Scholarship, $1,000
6. Past President's Parley - in Medical Field Scholarship, (2) $1,000
7. SAL Detachment of NY: The Cerullo Memorial scholarship Fund. Up to 4, $500 each, awarded annually. 1 new and up to 3 renewable scholarships to previous winners. Must be senior or H.S. graduate. Member in good standing: ALA, Jr, or SAL. April 30 deadline.

National Scholarships
8. ALA Children of Warriors National President Scholarship. 15 are awarded per year. 3 in each division of Auxiliary: 1- $3,500, 1- 3,000, and 1- $2,500. (I must have missed something as that only adds up to 9, but you can check this online.)
9. ALA Spirit of Youth for Junior ALA Members. 5 scholarships $5,000 each per year. Must be a Jr ALA for the last 3 years and be current paid. Continue ALA membership during 4 year scholarship. Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
10. ALA for Non-Traditional students. 5 -$2,000 each. Must be a member in good standing (at least 2 years). Returning to the classroom, formal education was interrupted or beginning education later in life. Not eligible for Spirit of Youth.


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