Scholarships Currently Available

 Scholarships Currently Available

All parents and students must remember that school deadlines for scholarships will differ from those on the application in order to ensure that scholarships are received by the guidance office in time to add necessary paperwork and be sent to the sponsors prior to the deadline.


UPDATED 10/11/2019

Doctor Almo Sebastianelli Drum corps Scholarship Fund is available to any senior residing in Pennsylvania who meets the following criteria:  A child or grandchild of a Pennsylvania legionnaire in good standing or a child or grandchild of a deceased Pennsylvania Legionnaire.  To be eligible a student must be a member of a high school band who is going on to higher education majoring in music.  the Student needs to include his/her current high school transcript.  the higher education school must be in Pennsylvania, letter of college acceptance must be included.  Selection will be made by the members of the committee.  One winner will be selected to receive a $500.00 scholarship.  Anyone wishing to apply is required to submit an application on or before May 1st in order to receive consideration for the following September to The American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania, 800 N Front Street, Wormleysburg, PA  17043.

Almo Scholarship Application 2020



The Robert J. Trace Scholarship fund was set up by Robert J. Trace and his family. Bob served as a Department Officer for an incredible fifty years, one as Judge Advocate and 49 as Finance Officer from the Central Judicial Section. Bob was also an Honorary Past Department Commander. Legionnaires of his caliber are hard to find, his dedication and contribution to the Pennsylvania American Legionnaire is legendary. Education was very important to bob and his family.

The Robert J. Trace Scholarship fund was established to assist young patriotic students achieve their academic dreams.

The Robert J. Trace Scholarship Fund is available to every student 15 to 18 years of age residing within the state of Pennsylvania and meeting the following criteria:

  • A child or grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire in good standing;
  • A child or grandchild of a deceased Pennsylvania Legionnaire;
  • A child of a Pennsylvania soldier that was killed as a result of the war on terrorism including the Pentagon, Iraq and Afghanistan.

To be eligible a student must compose a 300 to 500 word essay on the topic “Patriotism and Citizenship – What America Means to Me”, and complete an application containing the information of the person through which the eligibility for this scholarship is made. Applications have been sent to each American Legion Post and you can also download the application on our website. The essays will be judged by the members of the Department Finance Committee.

Essays and application must be sent to the Pennsylvania American Legion. One winner will be selected and will receive a $500 scholarship.

Trace Scholarship Application 2020


For Additional Information Please contact Department Headquarters at 717-730-9100


Scholarship Endowment

Joseph P. Gavenonis Plan #1

The Joseph P. Gavenonis is awarded twice a year of $500 each semester after the student sends a copy of their grades to Department Headquarters and has a grade point average of 2.5 or better. A check will be mailed directly to the student for that semester. This scholarship is for seniors who wish to receive a degree in a four year college.

Robert W. Valimont Plan #2

The Robert W. Valimont is awarded once a year of $600 and is mailed directly to the student after a copy of their grades for that semester is sent in to department and has a grade point average of 2.5 or better. This is a two year community college scholarship.

Applications are requested through Department Headquarters.

Who is Eligible?

Children and Grandchildren of PA Legion members who are deceased, KIA or MIA or has a parent who has been in the military or is in the military and is a member in good standing in the American Legion.

The Scholarship Endowment Committee will study the applications and pick the most eligible ones that our budget permits. An award letter will be sent to the student informing them they have been chosen for the scholarship.

Click Here for Plan I the Four (4) Year Plan – Joseph P. Gavenonis Scholarship

Click Here for Plan II the Two (2) Year Plan – Robert W. Valimont Application


"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

Department Winner - $7,500 scholarship, plaque and all-expense paid trip to the state convention to deliver his or her winning prepared oration, plus the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the National Contest and receive an additional $1,500 scholarship from the National Organization.

Department First Runner-up - $5,000 scholarship and plaque.

Second Runner-up - $4,000 scholarship and plaque.

1.  Any student entering the competition must be under the age of 20 years on the date of the National Contest.
2.  The student must be presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or home school), commencing with grade nine and terminating with grade twelve, during the time of participation at any level of the Contest.
3.  The student must either live in or attend school and Pennsylvania and can only compete in Pennsylvania.
4.  The student must submit an application to a local Post for sponsorship by December 7, 2019.  A local Post can be found at
5.  The contest will consist of two parts; and 8-10 minute memorized oration on some phase of the United States Constitution and a 3-5 minute oration on one of four "assigned topics" selected by the National Organization.  The four topics can be found at
6.  The contestant may not use any notes, props amplification or prompts during the oration.

For complete rules and regulations visit:

Stop in Guidance for an information sheet.




Any student enrolled in grades 9-12 in a public, private or parochial school, or who is home schooled in Pennsylvania is eligible to participate.

First Place winner will be awarded $3,500, a plaque and a trip to the PA American Legion Convention to read the winning essay to the assembled delegates.

Second Place winner will receive $3,000 and a plaque.

Third Place winner will receive $2,500 and a plaque.

    For complete contest criteria stop in the Guidance Office.  The deadline to submit is January 17, 2020 to the LOCAL American Legion Post. 

The Hagan Scholarship

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. The scholarship provides up to $6,000 each semester, for up to eight consecutive semesters, to help recipients graduate college debt free. Over Eight Hundred Hagan Scholars from 42 states are currently attending 325 colleges and universities.

Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents and enroll at a four-year not-for-profit college or university the first semester following high school graduation. Scholarship benefits include Free Workshops, Schwab Accounts, and Study Abroad; providing recipients with a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as a part of the school curriculum.

Description of Scholarship

The Hagan Scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $6,000 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters.

  1. The scholarship disbursement amount will be determined each semester by HSF by using one-half of the Total Cost of Attendance (COA) published by the National Center for Educational Statistics and posted on the HSF website; then subtracting the total dollar amount of all scholarships, awards, grants, and waivers received by recipient; one-half of the recipient’s EFC; and $1,250 representing the recipient’s contribution for their education.
  2. The scholarship award amount can be increased subsequent semesters to offset the expiration of other scholarships, awards, and grants.
  3. During the fall semester of the second year of college a $15,000 Schwab Scholar Account will be established for each scholarship recipient. Schwab Account.
  4. During the fall semester of the third year of college each recipient achieving a 3.50 CGPA will be eligible for an all expense paid Study Abroad Award, up to $8,000. Study Abroad.
  5. During the fall semester of the fourth year of college after establishing a personal Schwab Account each recipient will receive $2,000 to be used to start investing for their long term financial security. Schwab Account.
  6. Each scholarship is renewable for up to seven additional semesters if the recipient fulfills the renewal criteria, attends the mandatory workshops, and fulfills their Schwab Account responsibilities.
  7. There is no limit to the number of credit hours a recipient can earn during the term of their scholarship. Recipients graduating college in less than four years can use the remainder of their Hagan Scholarship to attend graduate school or a professional school.
  8. Recipients must attend a free mandatory workshop prior to the start of each academic year of college. HSF provides funding for travel and lodging costs. Workshops.
  9. Each recipient must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college and provide proof of employment.

Recipients of a scholarship will be selected on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, regardless of applicant’s race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability or sex.

Decisions made by HSF are final and not subject to appeal. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.      

2019-2020 Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. Must attend an Eligible Public High School.
  3. Must be a student in the 2020 high school graduating class.
  4. Must have achieved a high school CGPA of 3.75 or higher.
  5. Must have scored 24 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score) or 1,150 on the SAT.
  6. Must enroll at an eligible four-year college the first semester following high school graduation.
  7. Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of college; from August 2019 to August 2020.
  8. Must complete the FAFSA in 2019 using 2018 tax return information; the EFC must not exceed $6,500.
  9. Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
  10. Must not have been convicted of a felony.

The intended recipient of a Hagan Scholarship is a high achieving self-motivated student in need of financial assistance in order to attend college.

Hagan Scholarship Foundation
PO Box 1225
Columbia, MO 65205


UPDATED 10/9/2019


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