The American Legion Post 175, Inc. Mechanicsville

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Legacy Scholarship changes lives

Dear American Legion Family and Friends,

Like all parents Sheryl Johnson wants the best for her children, emphasizing the importance of a college education. As a single mother, she had spent many hours at her kitchen table, calculator in hand, trying to figure out how to make college payments for her oldest child, DeAndre Johns.

Johnson, a 10-year Army veteran with an 80 percent VA disability rating, eagerly awaited hearing about whether DeAndre would receive a Legacy Scholarship from The American Legion. Once the news came last spring, it changed everything.

“When I got the scholarship, it did feel like a jump start,” said DeAndre, a freshman majoring in petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University. “It made it feel like this is real. I can make my place in the world because of the scholarship.

Johnson is a first-generation college graduate. “College to me is everything,” she said. “I am so thankful that he got this scholarship because it helps us tremendously.”

Their story is among hundreds that have been made possible by American Legion Family members over the years. Just last year, 55 recipients received the needs-based scholarship to help pay for college.

The April 9 application deadline for the 2018-19 school year may seem a long way off. But it’s really not. Students should not hesitate to begin learning about the scholarship and compiling information.

Those scholarships are made possible by the dedication of our American Legion Riders who have annually helped raise $1 million or more for these scholarships. These donations are turned into scholarships for children whose parents have either died on active duty since 9/11 or have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater.

These scholarships not only help students afford college, they change lives and inspire young minds. Jacob Mussi, a physics student at Boston University, is another recipient who is full of gratitude for the American Legion Family.

“Thank you goes without saying. Thank you so much,” he said. “When you have a cause that’s important like (The American Legion Legacy Scholarship), just taking not only time out of your day but money out of your wallet to support somebody else’s problems is a type of generosity that I hope to have someday.”

Family First.

Denise H. Rohan
National Commander

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