Legion post presents scholarship award

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LEWISTON — The American Legion William J. Rogers Post 153 Commander Dave Richardson presented its 2012-13 scholarship award of $500 to Chelsea D. Hebert of Lewiston.

“The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education,” said public relations officer Paul R. Bernard. “There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.”

The William J. Rogers Post choose Hebert with an impressive record of achievement, according to Bernard. Hebert is a member of the Lewiston High School class of 2009, where she was a member of the tennis team, the Environmental Club and Key Club president. Her civic activities included volunteer work at Big Brothers, Big Sisters, service as a Youth Council Advisor on the board of directors of New Beginnings and the Shaw’s Children’s Cancer Program.

Hebert was a student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia from 2009 to 2012 when she transferred to the University of Southern Maine, where she is completing her studies for her nursing degree. She has been on the president’s honors list for two semesters and has received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. She has maintained a 3.65 grade point average in college and has been inducted into the National Honor Society.

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Hebert is the daughter of Don and Kelly Hebert and the granddaughter of Fern and Pauline Labbe.

Bernard described a few Legion scholarship programs. The Legion’s Eight & Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship recently announced its recipients for the 2012-13 academic year. The nine awardees received $5,000 each to assist in furthering their nursing education. The scholarship is available for nurses wanting to advance their training in pediatric lung and respiratory diseases, or to prepare for positions in clinical practice and management. For the past 52 years, the Eight & Forty has awarded 882 scholarships, totaling $2 million.

The Legions Legacy Scholarship ensures that the children of military parents who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, achieve their dream of attending college. This includes legally adopted children or children of a spouse by a prior marriage. The renewable scholarship helps high school seniors preparing to attend college or graduates working toward an undergraduate degree with the expense of tuition, books, room and board and other supplies needed for college. The scholarship can also be used toward private or out-of-state colleges.

The American Legion National Committee on Education selected nine students at the Fall National Executive Committee Meetings in Indianapolis to receive $20,000 for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship. An additional 88 students were awarded $1,100 each. Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996. Meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War, the program established a series of scholarships derived from interest and other income from the principal amount.

For additional information on eligibility and deadlines contact Dave Richardson at 782-1118 or email www.legionpost153.org or send mail to New Auburn American Legion, William Rogers Post 153, 71 South Main St., Auburn, ME 04210.

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