Fred E. Hayes Post 57




Scholarships for Military and Veterans


Boys State & Girls State Scholarships

American Legion Evergreen 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 our local American Legion Post to attend the program. A scholarship associated with attending this program is paid by our Post, a local business or another community-based organization.  Young men are also required to pay a much smaller fee to guarantee their intention to attend.

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.

 Evergreen Boys State is conducted every June at Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington.  Girls State is held a week earlier in June at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

 For more information, contact the Post at


Eagle Scout of the Year Award & Scholarship

Each year, the Department of Washington sponsors a $1,000 Eagle Scout of the Year scholarship.  The Department winner is entered into the National competition for a $10,000 scholarship. Four runner-up awards of $2,500 are also presented by National each year.

The scholarship is very competitive and requires the applicant to pay very close attention to the requirements.

To qualify, an applicant must be:

School transcripts and letters of recommendation must also be supplied as specified in the application.

Applications are due to Department Headquarters not later than March 1st of each year.

For more information and an application, contact