NOTE: Each Post has its own list of Scholarships and other Programs. The American Legion places a high priority for the further education of our children. Call or visit an American Legion Post near you and check out the scholarships they may offer.  Calvert Post 85 offers Boys State Scholarships.


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

If you are a Junior in High School this year you are eligible for Boys State Week June 17-23, 2018.  It is held at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD.  The American Legion Pays for your Scholarship to Boys State.  You must go online to mdlegion.org and click on programs to apply for the Boys State scholarship.  There is also a link to Girls State on the same page.

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 Calvert County expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post.

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.


This Scholarship is awarded to one of the current years American Legion Baseball team members that has applied for the scholarship and has met all the requirements to receive the schoolarship.  

Applicants for the baseball scholarship must see their coach or the American Legion Baseball representative for the official application and submit their application in a timely manner.

This scholarship was established by the Calvert County Council of the American Legion to assist college students in their quest for higher education.