Kelsey Green, a senior at Harlem High School, has been selected to receive a $20,000 college scholarship through the Samsung-American Legion program.
Green’s selection was based on her class standing, academic and civic achievements and financial need. Nine students earned the scholarship from a finalist group of nearly 100.
The selection committee awarded the scholarships on the basis of academic record, involvement in school and community activities and financial need. Eligibility for scholarships requires students to be direct descendants of U.S. wartime veterans. Green’s grandfathers, Robert J. Green and John Donaldson, served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The Samsung Group, an international electronics company, endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion, to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War. The size and number of scholarships are dependent upon the amount of income derived from the fund.