American Legion Post #33 Commander Ken Persson presented a scholarship to Nateal Hemingway.
(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander’s American Legion Don Stough Post 33 awarded its initial 2013 Academic Scholarship on Tuesday August 20th to Nateal Hemingway.
“This is the first year we have offered the scholarship, but we plan to continue it for many years to come,” said 2nd Vice Commander Travis Gallo. “The American Legion is known nationwide for its commitment to mentoring youth through scholarships, Oratorical competitions, Boys/Girls State, Legion baseball, and many other outstanding programs. Lander’s post has historically been very active in Boys/ Girls State, and Oratorical competitions, but we recently chose to put more emphasis on helping driven kids, who show a financial need, enter college.”
Gallo said Post 33 even separated a bit from the “status quo” to make the scholarship happen. ”Traditionally, Legion academic scholarships are reserved for the sons, grandsons, daughters, or granddaughters of members of the American Legion. Our post unanimously voted to omit this requirement in hopes of helping outstanding students that may not have any family ties to open scholarship doors. We also made it very clear that the academic scholarship is open all Fremont County School District #1 seniors, including homeschoolers and Pathfinder students,” he said.
The scholarship award is $1,000 split over two semesters of an institution providing higher eduction.