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St. Louis, MO

Press Release

July 17, 2008

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HABERMEHLJEFFERSON CITY, MO –Joshua Dwight Habermehl of Moberly, 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 10-13, 2008 in Jefferson City.  Habermehl was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from approximately 150 applicants.  Habermehl will compete nationally for one of ten 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, Habermehl will receive a $1,000 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.

Habermehl was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills.  Habermehl will be a senior at Moberly High School this fall and currently intends to pursue a degree in business.   He foresees working as a chief executive officer of a leading corporation and inspiring others to reach their full potential.  He is the son of Brian and Leigh Habermehl of Moberly.   Habermehl is the grandson of Dwight E. Habermehl who served in 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 Randolph Area Pachyderm Club sponsored Habermehl at the 2008 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 recognize “the sacrifices and commitment of U.S. servicemen and women and to show our appreciation to the United States and to U.S. war veterans.”


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