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510 E. Dearborn St., Plano, Illinois

Leon Burson Post 395

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SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Leon Burson Post 395 has been awarding college scholarships since 1973.  At the present time there are two scholarships available. Each scholarship is given for one year of undergraduate studies.  Interested students should contact their guidance counselor for information and application.  Application form for the Barney Ugland scholarship is available on the third page.  Scroll down and click on "next page" until you reach the application.  Application for the Leon Burson Post 395 scholarship is available from the Plano High School guidance counselor.

Receiptients of the scholorship from Leon Burson Post 395 include the following:

1973-1979  Becky Beville, Pat Huette, Jane Simms, James Twait, Tim Schwingle, Jodi Raguse and Staci Lucas

1980-1989  Diane Senechal, Phillip Heller, Mary Young, Patricia Fanning, Traci Gates, Sharon Goddard, Deanna M. Hansen, Elizabeth Hausler and James Miller

1990-1999   Scott Ward, Kimberly McBride, Britt Forrer, Treresa Hernandez, Kirk Nauman, Quentia Forrer, Craig M. Allen, Eric Posejpal, Hillary B. Wykes and Jason Turner

2000-2007 Matthew R. Kuebrich, Jane M. Turneu, Stephanie Curreno, Ariel Aleua, David Sum, Meggie S. Olson, Cathering G. Benson, Eric A. Olesen

2009 Scholarships were awarded as follows:  Leon Burson post 395 four year $1000 per year was awarded to Trevor D. Magnotti graduate of Plano High School.  The Barney Ugland one year $1000 was awarded to Samantha Rae Waldrop

2010 Scholorships were awarded as follows:  Leon Burson Post 395 four year $1000 per year was awarded to Drake A. Hislop graduate of Plano High School.  The Barney Ugland one year $1000 was awarded to Megan Johnston graduate of Indian Valley High School.

2011 Scholorships were awarded as follows:  Leon Burson Post 395 four year $1000 per year was awarded to Corey Clevenger graduate of Plano High School.  The Barney Ugland one year was awarded to Marshall Savitski graduate of Plano High School.

2012 Scholarships were awarded as follows:  Leon Burson Post 395 one year $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Ashley Harmon graduate of Plano High School.  The Barney Ugland one year $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Kaitlyn Christensen. 

2013 Scholarships were awarded as follows:  Leon Burson Post 395 one year $1000 scholarship was awarded to Catherine Valentine graduate of Plano High School. The Barney Ugland one year $1000 scholarship was shared between Ariel Jordan and Zachary Peruski.  Awards were presented by Wendell Dominy Scholarship Chairman.

2014 Scholarships were awarded as follows:  Leon Burson Post 395 one year $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Einhaus graduate of Plano High School.  The Barney Ugland one year $1,000 Scholarship was awarded to Beau Grzanich graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School. 

2015 Scholarship - Leon Burson Post 395 one year $1000 scholarship was awarded to Payton Walters graduate of Plano High School.

2016 Scholarship - Leon Burson Post 395 one year $1000 scholarship was awarded to Jenna Alsvig.  Barney Ugland one year $1000 scholarship was awarded to Ashley Cross.

2017 Scholarship - Leon Burson Post 395 one year $1000 scholarship was awarded to William Benson of Plano.  Barney Ugland one year $1000 scholarship was awarded to Josh Beyer of Sandwich.

BOYS STATE SCHOLARSHIP

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

 

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