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Press Release

July 15, 2015
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Eric Wilson Brown(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Eric Wilson Brown, Dearborn, MO was selected as one of 98 national finalists for the Samsung American Legion National Scholarship at the annual Missouri American Legion State Convention held July 9-12, 2015 in Springfield.  Brown was selected by the American Legion Department of Missouri Education and Scholarship Committee from 120 applicants.  Brown will compete nationally for one of approximately 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, Brown will receive a $1,100 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner.

Brown was selected based on his school and community involvement, academic standing, financial need, and leadership skills.  Brown will be a senior at North Platte High School this fall and aspires to earn a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering followed by a law degree.  He believes developing characteristics such as altruism and adaptability, candor and compassion, and integrity and ingenuity are equally important as higher education learning.  He intends to combine his education and these skills to assist individuals and families with medical challenges. 

At high school, Brown has earned 14 Scholastic/Athletic Letters which includes being on the Principal 4.0 Honor Roll for three years and having perfect attendance for three years.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Band and Pep Band, Drama Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Foreign Language - Spanish, Forensics Club, Future Business Leaders of America, SADD, Science Club, Student Council, and Student Senate.  He is also a member of the Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, and Track and Field teams and was honored in 2015 as a KCI Conference Scholar Athlete.

In addition, he participates in the A+ Program, Academic Bowl (Captain 3 years, All-District 3 years, All-District High Scorer 2 years, KCI All-Conference 1st Team 2 years, and Northwest Missouri Invitational Tournament All-Tournament Award in 2014), Mock Trial, Quiz Bowl, and Scholar Bowl.  At the MWSU Chemathon, he earned the awards of 1st Place Individual Chemistry and 1st Place Team Chemistry (2014) and 10th Overall Individual Dual Credit (2015).

Outside of school, Brown is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Tribe of Mic-O-Say and has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  He served on the National Youth Leadership Training staff in the Boy Scouts of American Pony Express District for two years.  He was selected and participated in the Northland Regional Chamber Youth Leadership Summit and the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience.  He also participates in his Church Youth Group and annual beautification, highway clean-up, and recycling projects in his community.  Brown’s multiple achievements were recognized with his selection to participate in the Missouri Scholars Academy.

Brown enjoys spending time with his friends and reading.  He said the reason he enjoys people is straightforward:  “no one is going to be here forever, and every second with someone special deserves to be cherished like nothing else.  Every person can teach another a new skill.  Each of my friends can tell an exciting story.  Everyone can share a new reason to be happy.  And because of them, I know that I am.”

He is the son of James and Susan Brown and grandson of the late Carroll M. Brown who served with the United States 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 Platte Valley Bank - Dearborn Branch and David Powers, D.C. provided Brown the opportunity to participate in the 2015 session of Missouri Boys State through their generous sponsorships.

The Samsung American Legion 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 as a way “to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War”.  

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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