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SAMUEL PETER DONOVAN NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST FOR THE SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Samuel Peter Donovan, Jefferson City, 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 18-21 in Jefferson City. Donovan was selected by the state scholarship committee of the Missouri American Legion from approximately 169 applicants. Donovan 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, Donovan will receive a $1,100 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.
Donovan was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills. Donovan will be a senior at Helias High School this fall and currently intends to major in mechanical engineering. Other interests include nuclear engineering, history, mathematics and business. Following one of his career choices, he plans to be an engineer, teacher, historian, or business manager.
At high school, he is a member of the National Honor Society Academic Team; Archery Team; Club International; Math Team; Mot-Mot Book Club; Science, Engineering and Ecology Club; and Thundercats Book Club. Donovan earned an Academic Varsity letter two years; is on the Honor Roll; was named the 2013 MVP on the Academic Team; achieved the High Scorer in Social Studies, Literature, and Awesome Random Stuff; and was the Captain and member of the Nationals Academic Team. He also participated in the 2013 State, National, and World Archery Tournaments; served three years as the Pitmaster for the Thundercats Book Club; and was a member of the Scholar Bowl All-District 1st Team. Outside of school, Donovan is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 104; has earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Bronze, Gold, and Silver Palms; and is a member of the Order of the Arrow Nampa-Tsi Lodge. He has served as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Den Chief.
Donovan was a delegate to the Missouri Scholars Academy program prior to participating in Missouri Boys State. In addition, he won the Avila University Service Leadership Award; Blessed Teresa of Jesus Service Award; Sons of the American Revolution Bronze Good Citizenship Medal; VFW American Citizen Award; and Marine Corps League Good Citizenship Award.
Donovan enjoys serving as a helper and leader at religious retreats and with area Cub Scout Packs; volunteering at the local food pantry, community fundraisers, recycling efforts, Parish fundraisers, and Memorial Day events; spending time with his family; reading; watching trains and building model railroads; welding; watching movies; working with computers; camping; learning about architecture, history, and naval history; and following the St. Louis Cardinals.
He is the son of Lucinda and Peter Donovan and the great-grandson of James Vincent Carroll, Sr. who served with the United States Air Force during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam 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. Metal Culverts, Inc. located in Jefferson City provided Donovan the opportunity to participate in the 2013 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.