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Press Release

July 21, 2011

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Steven Tyler Spellmon(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Steven Tyler Spellmon, Fort Leonard Wood, MO was selected as one of approximately 98 national finalists for the Samsung American Legion National Scholarship at the annual Missouri American Legion State Convention held July 7-10, 2011 in Jefferson City.  Spellmon was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from approximately 130 applicants.  Spellmon will compete nationally for one of ten 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, Spellmon will receive a $1,000 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.

Spellmon was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills.  Spellmon will be a senior at Waynesville High School this fall and currently intends to major in engineering followed by a graduate degree with the goal of creating things for the betterment of everyone.  At high school, he is a member of the National Honors Society and National Society of High School; tutors in the subjects of English and Math; is on the All A Honor Roll and Principal’s list; participates in the Science Olympiad; is a member of the Student Government Association and serving as Treasurer, Varsity Soccer team lettering three years and being named to the 2nd team all-district, and Varsity Track team including All-District in the 1600m and 3200m races.  Spellmon is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club), History Club, Medical Explorers Club and volunteers at the USO.  He was a delegate to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference in Louisiana and was a representative at the National Youth Leadership Forum-National Security.  Further, he was selected to attend University of Illinois Engineering Camp, University of Texas soccer camp, and Michigan State University soccer camp and holds many other honors.  He is the son of Colonel Scott and Sharise Spellmon and grandson of the Edward B. Spellmon who 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3168 – Richland provided Spellmon the opportunity to participate in the 2011 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.  We believe this is the best way to show our appreciation to the United States and to U.S. war veterans.”

For more information about The American Legion Boys State of Missouri program, call 1-877-DIAL-MBS (1-877-342-5627) or visit www.moboysstate.org.


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