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July 16, 2007
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SEIGFREID NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST FOR THE SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – William Philip Seigfreid of Mexico, MO was selected as one of approximately 99 national finalists for the Samsung American Legion National Scholarship at the annual Missouri American Legion State Convention held July 12-15, 2007 in Jefferson City. Seigfreid was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from over 150 applicants. Seigfreid will compete nationally for one of twelve four-year college scholarships expected to total $20,000 each which will be awarded by The American Legion this fall. By virtue of his selection as a national finalist, Seigfreid will receive a $1,000 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.
Seigfreid was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills. Seigfreid will be a senior at Mexico High School this fall and currently intends to pursue a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering followed by medical school. He foresees integrating his engineering knowledge and training with medicine to help people through innovative new mechanisms. He is the son of Paul and Mary Seigfreid of Mexico. Seigfreid is the grandson of Jerome Seigfreid and Hartford Patrick who both served with the Army during the Korean War.
Eligible applicants attended The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. or The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, Inc. in Warrensburg this past June and were descendants of war veterans. The Mexico Kiwanis Club sponsored Seigfreid at the 2007 session of Missouri Boys State.
Boys State and Girls State are leadership and citizenship training programs sponsored by the Missouri American Legion and the Missouri American Legion Auxiliary respectively.
The scholarships are funded from earnings on a $5 million Samsung Corporation endowment. The electronics firm joined with The American Legion in 1995 to offer scholarships to direct descendants of honorably discharged wartime veterans in recognition of the sacrifice and commitment of American servicemen and women during the Korean War to maintain the security of the Korean peninsula.
Dong-Jin Oh, president and chief executive officer of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. says the scholarship program “is the best way to show our appreciation to the United States and to U.S. war veterans.”