Education

Sharon Anderson

Department Education Chairman

709 3rd Street S.E

Altoona, Iowa 50009

Telephone (515-957-0803)

Education Webster's Dictionary defines education as: the process of training and developing the knowledge, skill, mind, character, especially by formal teaching and training. Systematic study of the problems, methods, and theories of teaching and learning.

What can we do to help children learn the skills they will need to be productive in the work force when they graduate. In grade school we can help read to the children, or help someone who is having difficulty learning to read and comprehend what they have read. In middle school and high school we can help children who are having difficulty in one subject or another. Sometimes all they need is a little extra help. We can't allow children to graduate from high school who can't read or write well. This is our responsibility as American citizen's to demand that every child be taught to read and write and not be left behind.

September is Education month. What can we do? Bake cookies for all the teachers, cooks, office personnel and janitors. Apples are nice to. Make certificates to all school personnel thanking them for what they do for our children. Give 10 to Education program. Units can contribute 10 school supplies to classrooms in their community. Priority can be given to schools on military bases, military schools or military Family Support Groups to provide Give 10 item to military families in your area. Participate in the United Through Reading (www.Unitethroughreading.org). Seek out local opportunities for scholarships and share with your community or with the military members in your community. Educate school administrators about the mental health issues facing children of our military.

Enhance respect for the sacrifices of our military heroes among school children by scheduling Veterans in the Classroom programs at your local school. Ask your American Legion counterparts to help in this effort. Provide information about the challenges faced by military families (particularly the children) to teachers so they can prepare classes for this topic.

Education Awards National & Department:

Most Outstanding American Education Week Program:

Most Outstanding Literacy Program:

Most Outstanding Scholarship Program:

Most Outstanding Veterans in the Classroom Program:

On all above awards the following roles apply:

National will award a plaque to the Unit Education Chairman for the most outstanding American Education Week program. Award entry shall be in narrative form and must not exceed 1,000 words. The cover page should have the name of the award entry, Department name, Unit name and name and address of the Unit Chairman. A copy of the unit's Department report form must accompany the narrative Entries must be judged at the Department level and forwarded to National Deadline June 1st 2011 to Department Education Chairman

Give 10 to Education; A citation will be awarded to every Unit participating in the Give 10 to Education program. The Citation form is available at www.legion.aux-org. Citations may be printed by the Unit or Department.

Department Award for Most Outstanding Overall Department Education Program:A Citation will be presented to the Department Education chairman in each division reporting the best overall Department Education Program. Award entry shall be in narrative form and must not exceed 1,000 words. The cover page should have the name of the award entry, Department name, and name and address of the Department Chairman. Must be sent to National by June 1st.

Scholarships: Department:

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award A $400.00 nursing education merit award shall be given annually by the Iowa Department of the American Legion Auxiliary in memory of the late Mary Virginia Macrae, who served as the first Department President of this organization. A sketch of Mrs. Macrae's life and interest in the Auxiliary activities shall accompany the $400.00 payment.

Harriet Hoffman Memorial Merit Award A $400.00 teacher education merit award shall be given annually by the Iowa Department of the American Legion Auxiliary in memory of the late Harriet Hoffman, who established the education and scholarship program. A sketch of Mrs. Hoffman's life and interest in the Auxiliary activities shall accompany the $400.00 payment.

Iowa Department Merit Award. There are ten (10) merit awards for $300.00 each. No applicant shall receive this award more than twice. Upon the death of a Past Department President a memorial merit award will be given in her honor for a period of one year only.

Past President's Merit Awards, The number of $300.00 Past President's Merit Award will be determined by the contributions received each year by the Past President's Merit Award Fund. Anyone can send memorials, unit contributions, or honor years of serving as a president with donations to the 2010 -2011 Merit Award Fund, earmark and mail donations to the Department office before the end of June.

Eligibility Rules for All the above Merit Awards; The applicant must be a veteran or the parent, spouse, widow, son, daughter, stepson, step-daughter grandson, step-grandson, granddaughter, step granddaughter, great-grandson, step-great-grandson, great granddaughter, step-great-granddaughter of a veteran and a resident of Iowa. The merit award application form must be used to apply for all the merit awards. This form may be obtained on line www.ialegion.org/ala. Forms may be copied.

Scholastic Records: The applicant must be a high school graduate. Graduating seniors shall submit a transcript of high school grades, rank in class, and composite score on standardized test. Applicants who are currently college students need to submit only applicable college records. Applicants who have been out of school for four or more years may submit any of the above materials or two additional personal references.

Essay: The applicant must submit an original essay consisting of not more than 400 words which will give insight into one's personality and express the qualities one wants to be know and remembered by in one's chosen field.

Letters of Recommendation: Applicant shall submit three (3) letters of recommendation; one (1) from a Unit or Post verifying the applicant's eligibility; one (1) from his/her school; and one (1) from a business or professional person, clergy, or community leader indicating the applicant's character, patriotism, leadership, etc.

Personal Information: Applicant shall submit a photograph of one's self and the name and location of the school in which the applicant is or is to be enrolled.

Completed application form/packet must be postmarked by June 1, 2011 and mailed to: Sharon Anderson, ALA Department Education Chairman, 709 3nt Street S.E., Altoona, Iowa 50009 Telephone # 515-957-0803

National Scholarships:

Fifteen (15) scholarships will be awarded for the 2010- 2011 Auxiliary year. Three (3) scholarships will awarded in each Division of The American Legion Auxiliary; one (1) in the amount of $2,500.00, one (1) in the amount of $2,000.00, and one (1) in the amount of $1,000.00. All are gift scholarships and not loans.

Make sure you read all the rules and the application packet requirements. (essay needed on all.)

Rules: (1) Candidates for this award shall be daughters, stepdaughters, sons, stepsons, grandsons, step-grandsons, granddaughters, step-granddaughters, great-grandsons, step-great grandsons, great- granddaughters, step-great ... granddaughters of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion. (2) Applicants must be in their senior year of high schooL (3) Previous National President's Scholarship recipients are not eligible for further consideration. (4) Participation in this scholarship program shall be on a voluntary basis in all Units and Departments. (5) No Unit may enter more than one (1) candidate in the Department competition. Each Department is restricted to submitting one candidate to the Divisional competition. (6) The Scholarship must be used within 24 months of the date the winner receives notifications by National Headquarters, or the scholarship will be forfeited. (7) Applicant must complete 50 hours of volunteer services within the community, verified in writing by the recipient organization(s).(8) Applicants must present the completed application to the local American Legion Auxiliary Unit President on or before March 1, 2011. (9) The winning entry for each Unit shall be certified by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit president and mailed to the Department Secretary, to be received on or before March 15,2011. {10) Judging, at all levels, shall be on the following basis: Character/Leadership 25%, Essay/application 25%, Financial Need 250/0, Scholarship 25%. The decision of the judges shall be final. Half of the award will be paid directly to the school for the first semester upon notification from the school that the student has registered. The balance of the award will be paid to the school upon notification for the school that the student has registered for the second semester. However, no cash award will be payable directly to the student. If the student discontinues his/her education before completing either of the semesters, the balance of the scholarship will be forfeited. American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters must receive certification of enrollment within 12 months of a winner's notification of the scholarship will be forfeited.

Application Packet Requirements: (1) Completed application packet for National President's Scholarship. (2) The following four (4) letters of recommendation are required: (a) One (1) letter from either the principal or guidance counselor of the school from which the applicant will graduate, to include size of class and student's position in the class and the cumulative grade point average. (b) one (1) letter from a clergyman/clergy woman of the applicant's choice. (c) Two (2) letters from adult citizens, other than relatives, attesting to the applicant's character in regard to conduct, citizenship and leadership.(3) An original article consisting of no more than 1,000 words. The title of the article/essay will be "The Great Reward of Volunteering for Veterans and Your Community." (4) A letter from a recipient organization verifying 50 hours of voluntary service.(5) A certified transcript or photocopy of the applicant's high school grades. (6) A copy of ACT or SAT test scores. (7) A copy of the F ASF A (financial aid) form submitted for assistance in college. (8) A brief statement of the military service of parent or grandparents, including the branch of service and dates of service, or a photocopy of parent's or grandparent's discharge papers.

(EACH UNIT AND DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR VERIFYING ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IN THE APPLICANT'S PACKET.)

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP FOR NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS 2010 - 2011. Five (5) scholarships, each in the amount of $1000.00, will be awarded in the 2010 - 2011 Auxiliary year. One (1) $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded in each Division of the American Legion Auxiliary. All are gift scholarships and do not have to be repaid.

Make sure you read all the rules and the application packet requirements. (essay needed on all)

RULES:· (1) 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 (2) preceding years and for the calendar year in which application is made. (2) Applicant must be: (a) non-traditional student returning to the classroom after some period of time in which his/her formal education was interrupted. (b) a non-traditional student who is just beginning his/her education at a later point in life. (3) American Legion Auxiliary Spirit of Youth Scholarship recipients are not eligible. (4) Participation in this scholarship program shall be on a voluntary basis in all Units and Departments. (5) No Unit may enter more than one (1) candidate in the Department competition.Each Department is restricted to submitting one (1) candidate to the Divisional competition (6) The scholarship must be used within 24 months of the date the winner is notified by the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. (7) Applicant must present the completed application to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit President on or before March 1, 2011. (8) The winning entry for each Unit shall be certified by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit President and mailed to the Department Secretary to be received on or before March 15, 2011. (9) The winning entry for each Department shall be certified by the Department President and Department Secretary or Education Chairman and mailed to the respective Division Education Chairman to be received on or before April 1, 2011. (10) The scholarship award will be paid directly to the school upon receipt of certification of enrollment from the school. No payment will be made directly to the student. (11) Judging of each level will be based on the following criteria; Need 25 points, Scholastic standing/academic achievement 25 points, Character/leadership 25 points, Initiative/goals 25 points.

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SPIRIT OF YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FOR JUNIOR MEMBERS 2010 ... 2011: Five (5) four-year scholarships will be awarded for the 2010 - 2011 Auxiliary year. One (1) four-year scholarship will be awarded in each Division of the American Legion Auxiliary in the amount of 51,000.00 per year. All are gift scholarships and are not loans.

Make sure you read all the rules and the application packet requirements. (essay needed on all)

RULES: (1) Candidates for this award shall be/shall have been Junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary; said member to have held Junior membership in the American Legion Auxiliary for the past three (3) years and must hold a membership card for the current (2011) year. Applicant must continue her membership in the American Legion Auxiliary during the four-year scholarship period. (2) Applicants must be in their senior year of an accredited high school. (3) This is a four-year scholarship to attend an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must be of good character and have grades which meet entrance requirements at the institution of their choice. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA using a 4.0 base. (4) Participation in this scholarship program shall be on a voluntary basis in all Units and Departments. (5) No Unit may enter more than one (1) applicant in the Department competition. Each Department is restricted to submitting one (1) applicant to the Divisional competition. (6) Applicant must present the completed application packet to the Unit President on or before March 1,2011. (7) The winning entry for each Unit shall be certified by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit President and mailed to the Department Secretary to be received on or before March 15, 2011. (8) The winning entry for each Department shall be certified by the Department President and Department Secretary or Department Education Chairman and mailed to the respective Division Education Chairman to be received on or before April 1, 2011. (9) Use of the scholarship must begin within 24 months of the date the winner receives notification by National Headquarters. Additionally, National Headquarters must receive certification from the college of the winner's enrollment within 12 months of notification. (10) Judging, at all levels, shall be on the following basis (a) Character/leadership 30%, (b) Essay/Application 30%, (c) Scholarship 40%. The decision of the judges shall be final. The award will be paid directly to the school at the beginning of the first semester when the student enrolls. There shall be no money paid to the school for the ensuing years until notification of re-enrollment has been received from the school. Notification from the school must include verification of a B (3.0) average. If the winner discontinues hislher education or membership in the American Legion Auxiliary before completing four (4) years of study (eight semesters), the balance of the scholarship will be forfeited.

Application Packet Requirements for Spirit of Youth Scholarship: (1). Completed application form for Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members. (2) The following four (4) letters of recommendation are required: (a) One (1) letter from either the principal or guidance counselor of the school from which the applicant will graduate to include size of class and student's position in class, and the cumulative grade point average. (b) one (1) letter from a clergyman/clergy woman of the applicant's choice. (c) Two (2) letters from adult citizens, other than relatives, attesting to the applicant's character in regard to conduct, citizenship and leadership. (3) An original essay consisting of no more than 1,000 words (typed, double-spaced). The title of the article/essay will be "The Veteran in My Life and How They Inspired Me to Serve Veterans in My Community." (4) A certified transcript or photocopy of the applicant's high school grades. (5) A copy of the FASFA (financial aid) form submitted for college financial assistance. (6) A copy of ACT or SAT test scores.

EACH UNIT AND DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR VERIFYING ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IN THE APPLICANT'S PACKET.

All scholarship applications are higlighted above. Also available on the Auxiliary web site at www.legion-aux.org. So let's keep our light shining on our veterans and on our leaders of tomorrow.