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Samsung American Legion Scholarship

  • Participants of ALA Tar Heel Girls State are eligible to apply if they are direct descendants (i.e. child, grandchild, etc.) of a wartime U.S. military veteran who served on active duty during one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion Membership.

  • There have been delays in the documentation providing proof of service. We strongly recommend requesting that material as soon as possible.

  • Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on the first day of ALA THGS.

  • Keep in mind you will not have internet access nor time to complete the application after you arrive at ALA THGS. We STRONGLY recommend submitting the application BEFORE you arrive.

  • We will have an information session on the Samsung Scholarship in May 2024. Please check your email regularly for more information.

Week at a Glance

  • Check-in and Opening Ceremony: 

    • Participants will be introduced to the advancement and posting of the colors, which will occur daily at ALA Tar Heel Girls State. The opening ceremony will also include words of welcome from local dignitaries, introduction of the staff, and our participants being sworn in as citizens of ALA Tar Heel Girls State. Throughout the week, citizens will hear from state and local government leaders as they reflect on their pathway to leadership. All speakers take time to answer questions from citizens.

  • During the Week:

    • Formation of City Government: Citizens will begin by nominating and electing candidates for city government. Upon arrival, each participant is assigned to a city, as well as a political party. City offices in which citizens may be elected include City Mayor and City Recreation Chair. State government offices include governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, speaker of the House of Representatives, etc.

    • There are many other offices not listed, but all nominations for offices are taken by self-nomination only. A citizen must nominate herself for the office she wishes to pursue.

    • Formation of State Government: After our city government is established and our General Assembly is formed, citizens will have the opportunity to act as a senator, representative, or lobbyist. Citizens will have the opportunity to do research for drafting and debating bills.

  • Downtime:

    • During downtime, citizens may be able to participate in sports (including tennis, swimming, etc.) depending on the availability on campus, our talent show, and other team building games.

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