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July 20, 2009
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SEIGFREID NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST FOR THE SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Robert Jerome 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 9-12, 2009 in Jefferson City. Seigfreid was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from approximately 175 applicants. Seigfreid will compete nationally for one of eleven Samsung American Legion 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 double major in nuclear and mechanical engineering followed by a masters in nuclear engineering. He foresees conducting research and developing alternative energy sources. He is the son of Paul and Mary Seigfreid and 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 or The American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State in Warrensburg this past June and were descendants of war veterans. 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 Mexico Rotary Club provided Seigfreid the opportunity to participate in the 2009 session of Missouri Boys State through their generous sponsorship.
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 North 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.”