Shaping a positive future for our veterans, our military and their families.

Education

Department of Alaska
Education Chairman - 2018-2019
Scholarship Chairman - 2018-2019
April Sinclair

2018-2019 American Legion Auxiliary Education & Scholarship

The Education Program promotes the American Legion Auxiliary’s role in providing quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion and support of education beyond high school, with a special emphasis on children of veterans and Servicemembers.

What Can You Do?

1) Enhance respect for the sacrifices of our military heroes among schoolchildren by scheduling Veterans in Community Schools programs at local schools. See enclosed how to sheet.

Ideas for an individual Member:

  • Locate a veteran willing to share his/her experience with school children. Attend a post meeting or ask around the clubroom for a volunteer.
  • Contact your local schoolteachers or principals to see if they would be interested in hosting a Veterans in Community Schools event.
  • Volunteer to provide transportation to and from the school for the veteran speaking in community schools.
  • Wear your American Legion Auxiliary apparel when you visit schools.

Ideas for the Unit:

  • Collaborate with your local American Legion post to present Veterans in Community Schools within your local schools.
  • Promote your Veterans in Community Schools event through local media and on your own social media accounts.

2) Promote American Legion Auxiliary scholarships, and award local scholarships at the department and unit levels.

Ideas for an individual Member:

  • Contact the person at your local high school who handles scholarship opportunities. It will typically be a guidance or career counselor. Ask if you can send them information about national, department and unit American Legion Auxiliary scholarship opportunities.
  • Make copies of any scholarship applications (found at www.ALAforVeterans.org/ Scholarships), and provide them to schools that request them.
  • Volunteer to be on the scholarship selection committee.
  • Make a donation to American Legion Auxiliary education national scholarship funds:
  • Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship Fund
  • Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund
  • ALA Foundation at www.ALAFoundation.org
  • Department, district or unit scholarships

Ideas for the Unit:

  • Assign a member to communicate with schools regarding scholarship applications.
  • Create a Unit Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to local students.
    • Refer to “How to Create a Unit Scholarship Fund” following this program Plan.
  • Prepare a news release with scholarship information for local media and your post/unit newsletter.
  • Form a committee to select scholarship winners.
  • Publicize the winners of ALA scholarships at a school presentation and in the media.
  • Please keep track of the total number of applications received for any national scholarship, and pass that information on to your department Education chairman.

3) Support Give 10 to Education, American Education Week and Teacher Appreciation Week.

Ideas for an individual Member:

  • Participate in the Give 10 to Education program by purchasing items to distribute to schools.
    • Place a poster with a collection box at local sites (i.e., grocery stores, banks, senior centers, post office), and invite local residents to donate.
    • Save Box Tops for Education and send them to local schools. Most schools participate in this program.
    • A downloadable certificate may be found on the Education page of the Members Only section at www.ALAforVeterans.org.
  • Promote Teacher Appreciation Week, the first full week in May.
    • Send cards to your local school’s teachers.
    • Donate resources that teachers or needy children may need.
  • Promote American Education Week, celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving.
    • Send a card to all local school staff thanking them for the work they do. Include all school personnel with whom children interact (i.e., bus drivers, custodians, etc.).
    • A sample card may be found on the Education page of the Members Only section at www.ALAforVeterans.org .

Ideas for the Unit:

  • Participate in the Give 10 to Education program by soliciting items from members to distribute to the schools in your district. Contribute supplies to local classrooms.
    • Recognition certificates are available to download and print at www.ALAforVeterans.org on the Education Committee page.
  • Promote Teacher Appreciation Week (first full week of May) by reaching out to teachers, and ask how your unit can enhance their school curriculum.
    • Find out if there are any needy children, and figure out what resources your unit can provide to the student.
  • Participate in American Education Week (week prior to Thanksgiving). Remember to recognize all school personnel, not just teachers.
  • Educate school administrators on how the American Legion Auxiliary can have a positive impact on students.

4) Assist and support veterans pursuing higher education and vocational education, concentrating on Female Veterans.

Ideas for an individual Member:

  • Contact a campus student veterans group at colleges and universities in your community to see what kind of help they might need. The VA counselor at the college can assist you in locating the veterans groups.
  • Sign up to receive The American Legion’s Legislative Action Alerts, and support the alerts regarding the GI Bill.

Ideas for the Unit:

  • Collaborate with a campus student veterans group at colleges and universities in your community.
    • Arrange for your post home to be available for off-campus events/chapter meetings.
  • Provide information/handouts to members on organizing and delivering presentations on career and life skills topics to student veterans.
  • Promote events through local media and your own social media accounts.
  • Encourage members to sign up to receive The American Legion’s Legislative Action Alerts, and support the alerts regarding the GI Bill.

Scholarships

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship

  • Awarded to children of veterans who served in the armed forces during the eligibility dates for The American Legion.
  • Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in Western Division.
  • The applicant must complete 50 hours of community service during his/her high school years to be eligible for one of these scholarships.
  • Must be submitted by March 1, 2019 to a local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.

Spirit of Youth Scholarship

  • One Junior member in Western division will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Applicant must have held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the immediate past three years, hold a current membership card and continue her membership in the American Legion Auxiliary during the four-year scholarship period.
  • Must be submitted by March 1, 2019 to a local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

  • One scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in each Western division.
  • Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which the application is made.
  • Must be submitted by March 1, 2019 to a local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.

Merrilyn Stock/Evelyn Oliver Scholarship

  • This scholarship is not intended for graduating high school students but must be continuing students who have been accepted or are enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocations technical institution, which are fathering their education.
  • Applicant must be a member of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion and shall have paid dues for the two preceding years and for the calendar year in which the application is made.
  • Must be submitted by March 1, 2019 to a local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.

Education Reporting

Mid-Year Reports

Mid-Year reports reflect the program work of units in the department, and are intended as an opportunity for mid-year correction. Each Unit Education chairman is required to submit a narrative report by December 5, 2018 to the Department Education chairman.

Year-End Reports

Annual reports reflect the program work of units in the department, and may result in a national award for participants if award requirements are met. Each Unit Education chairman is required to submit a narrative report to the Department Education chairman by April 15, 2019.

As part of your Narrative Report, please include answers to the following questions:

  • How was Give 10 participation recognized in your department?
  • Describe how Veterans in Community Schools programs were presented.
  • If units actively support veterans associations on campus, describe their activities.

Education Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements:

Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter. Just two simple steps to add your part to our national success story:

  1. Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Programs Action Plan.
  2. Provide details/examples about the activity as outlined in the award’s materials and guidelines section.

Member Award: Give 10 to Education

  • Award: Printable citation
  • Presented to: Participants of Give 10 to Education
  • Deadline: May 1, 2019 – sent to Department Chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m.
  • Materials and Guidelines:
    • Recognition certificates are available to download and print at www.ALAforVeterans.org on the Education Committee page.

Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit Education Program

  • Award: Citation plaque
  • Presented to: One unit in each division (5)
  • Deadline: May 1, 2019 – sent to Department Chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m.
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Awarded to the unit in each division with the most outstanding Education program.
    • Narrative not to exceed 1,000 words. Include specific examples of how your unit worked the Education program, including Veterans in Community Schools.
    • May include pictures, news articles, news releases, etc.

National President’s Award For Excellence: Your Unit could win simply by working the ALA Education program!

  • Award: Trophy during the ALA National Convention with a spotlight on each winning entry.
  • Presented to: 11 Units who emphasize the National President’s focus through the American Legion Auxiliary’s programs, particularly how it was incorporated into your mission outreach activities!
  • National President’s Focus – Women veterans and the specific issues they face, especially homelessness.
  • Deadline: May 1, 2019 – sent to Department Chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m.
  • Materials and guidelines:
    • Tell us your story with words AND photos. Winning submissions have two things in common – a fantastic narrative and great photos!
    • Highlight how your Unit incorporated the national president’s focus into your mission outreach work.

How To Sheets


Additional Resources You Can Use

  1. American Legion Auxiliary scholarship applications: www.ALAforVeterans.org/Scholarships
  2. Educational resources through the Americanism and Children & Youth Commission of The American Legion: www.legion.org/education
  3. Free online tutoring for military children: www.tutor.com/military
  4. Student Veterans of America: www.studentveterans.org
  5. The national Education Committee Facebook group, search ALA Education (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1489034401420831/ )

 

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