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WATKINS DAVIS NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST FOR THE SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Grant Alexander Watkins Davis, Buckner, MO was selected as one of the approximately 98 national finalists for the Samsung American Legion National Scholarship at the annual Missouri American Legion State Convention held July 12-15 in Jefferson City. Watkins Davis was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from approximately 135 applicants. Watkins Davis will compete nationally for one of nine 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, Watkins Davis will receive a $1,100 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.
Watkins Davis was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills. Watkins Davis will be a senior at Fort Osage High School this fall and currently intends to double major in aerospace engineering, physics, computer science, and/or mechanical engineering with the goal of becoming an astronaut which parallels his passion about space-related fields and space exploration. At high school, he is a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll; participates in the A+ Program, Academic Bowl, Business Contest, Drama Club, Foreign Language - Spanish, Gifted Program, Golf, Quiz Bowl, Scholar Bowl, Science Club, SCUFL, Soccer, Softball, Track, and Volleyball. In addition, he services as a Class Officer/Student Body, holds an Academic Letter, and is a Scholar Athlete. Watkins Davis was a delegate to the Missouri Scholars Academy and National Youth Leadership Conference prior to attending Missouri Boys State. Outside of school, he is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Watkins Davis is also involved with his Church Youth Group and is employed.
He is the son of Susan Watkins and Rick Davis and the grandson of Floyd Watkins 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 American Legion Post 021 - Independence provided Watkins Davis the opportunity to participate in the 2012 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 honourably 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 designed 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 the 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.