Children and Youth Scholarships

$500Award Amount
7Number of Awards
5/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The American Legion Department of Maine Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated solely to philanthropic purposes, which includes providing donations to exempt organizations.

The American Legion, Department of Maine’s objective is to offer resources to programs and services that will improve the lives of veterans, their families, children, and communities in Maine.

The Maine Legion Foundation’s Children and Youth Scholarships provide financial assistance of up to $500 to young men and women who are residents of Maine who want to advance their education.

Key Information of Children and Youth Scholarships

Study Details

Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

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Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


Children and Youth Scholarships Timeline

January 2023

Application Open Date

Applications open on January 1.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 1.

August 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in August.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior – High School Graduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Maine
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Financial Information
  • Recommendation letters
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the Children and Youth Scholarships


Highlight your extracurricular activities

In your application, highlight all extracurricular activities and/or community service work you did, in which you demonstrate leadership. Explain the impact you had on your community or project subjects. Any honors, merits, and certificates are to be added as well if applicable. Such activities are highly preferred by judges.


Choice of references & early notifications

Your references or recommenders must be those who know you well enough to be willing to speak to your abilities and demonstrate why you make the perfect candidate for this scholarship. So, choose them wisely. Also, contact them and send them the required forms very early on to allow them enough time to complete them.


Keep your grades up

Maintaining a good academic record is always beneficial when it comes to scholarship applications. So work hard on keeping your grades up and maintaining a good GPA. Grades will be an indicator of how dedicated and serious you are.


State why you need the scholarship

Make sure you state why the scholarship is very important to you. Indicate if you are having financial issues, as those with financial challenges are given priority.

How the Children and Youth Scholarships is Judged

Applicants are evaluated on leadership, academics, community service, and financial need. Applicants are expected to be outstanding students who are both intellectually gifted and involved in their communities.

Why We Love the Children and Youth Scholarships


No discrimination

The program is open to Maine residents as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. The foundation supports equality and diversity with no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.


All fields of study are eligible

Applicants for the Maine Legion Children and Youth Scholarships have the option of choosing any field of study. The program is intended to encourage you to pursue higher education.


An annual scholarship

The Children and Youth Scholarship is an annual program; therefore, you can always reapply every year if you don’t win. The program favors those with academic excellence despite financial struggles, so work hard to achieve your academic and career goals.

5 FactsAbout About Children And Youth Scholarships


University or college must be accredited

Applicants are required to select only accredited colleges.


Candidates must demonstrate financial need

Students must show financial need to be considered for the scholarship.


Applicants must be a resident of Maine

Applicants must be residents of Maine and citizens of the United States.


The country of study is the U.S.

The scholarship participants must select colleges located in the United States of America.


Admintersed by American Legion Department of Maine

The scholarship is administered and managed by the American Legion’s Maine chapter.

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