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Heroes Legacy Scholarship Program


In 2010, Random House published Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. Written by President Barack Obama prior to him taking office, this book chronicles the contributions of 13 Americans who have contributed to the American Dream. President Obama has chosen to donate his after-tax proceeds of the book and create a scholarship for the dependents of disabled service members or service members who have died in the line of duty.

The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship Program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation for President Obama. With book proceeds as well as additional donations this academic and needs-based scholarship is designed to help students whose parents have given of themselves to the country who may not otherwise be able to go to college.

Applicants must be unmarried dependents under the age of 23. The parent may be active duty, reserve, retired, or decease. If deceased, the parent must have died while on active duty or after retirement. If medically discharged/retired because of a disability sustained in the line of duty, the disability must be either 1) a 100% permanent and total disability rating through the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense or 2) the parent qualified for a Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance payout.

Students need to fill out the two-page application form, write a brief essay, and send in official transcripts. Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale), and be enrolled (or plan on enrolling) in a two-year or four-year college or university. Awards must be used in the year granted; they cannot be held over for use the next year.

Number and amount of scholarships vary depending on amount of applicants and resources. Recipients must also send in their financial aid award letter. Should a student receive from their school (or other sources) aid in excess of the amount of the cost of college the Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship will then go to another worthy applicant unable to cover the entire cost of their education.

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