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Press Release

October 13, 2009

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Robert Jerome Seigfreid

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Robert Jerome Seigfreid of Mexico, MO is a little more at ease about paying for his college education these days. Seigfreid was one of eleven students nationwide awarded the 2009 Samsung American Legion Scholarship in Indianapolis last week. Each Samsung Scholar receives a $20,000 scholarship to be applied toward their college education at the school of their choice. The eleven students emerged from a list of nearly 100 finalists nationwide. The American Legion National Committee on Education with participation from the Samsung Corporation selected the recipients based on their academic record, involvement in school and community activities, and financial need. Eligibility for scholarships requires students to be direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of U.S. wartime veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. Seigfreid was eligible for the scholarship by virtue of his participation in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri held in Warrensburg this past June and by both of his grandfathers’ service during the Korean War. Seigfreid was selected as the Missouri Boys State Samsung finalist from approximately 175 applicants. Missouri Boys State is a leadership and citizenship training program sponsored by the Missouri American Legion.

Seigfreid is currently a senior at Mexico High School in Mexico, MO and the son of Paul and Mary Seigfreid. He is the grandson of Jerome Seigfreid and Hartford Patrick who both served with the Army during the Korean War. His participation at Missouri Boys State was made possible through a sponsorship from the Mexico Rotary Club. During the 2009 session of Missouri Boys State, Seigfreid was a citizen of Pershing City and a member of the Nationalist Party; participated in the Legislative School; and served as a Delegate to State Convention, Ward II and a Lobbyist. He was also on the ballot for Senator.

The Samsung Group, an international electronics company, endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion, to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War. The size and number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent upon the amount of income derived from the fund each year. The full list of 2009 winners:

Nathan K. Mickinac – New Manchester, WV

Brett R. Ubl – New Ulm, MN

Shanna Myers – Eugene, OR

Kendra Hertz – Billings, MT

Parry J. Draper – Mascoutah, IL

Robert J. Seigfreid – Mexico, MO

Colby M. Tharpe – Hodges, SC

Luke Sundquist – Bridgewater, VA

Julie Micalizzi – Colorado Springs, CO

Megan R. Newman – Star City, IN

John B. Harringa – Hanlontown, IA

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. is a not-for-profit leadership and citizenship training program, for young men who have finished their junior year in high school and have exhibited outstanding character and leadership ability. Boys State is held in June each year on the campus of University of Central Missouri and is sponsored primarily by The Missouri American Legion with significant help from various businesses, service clubs, individuals, and community organizations. Learn more about the American Legion Boys State of Missouri at www.moboysstate.org or call 1-877-342-5627.


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