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M.Louise Wilson Educational Loan fund

Diane Weggen, Department Chairman

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The purpose of the Education program is to promote quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion, support education beyond high school especially for military children, and assist female members of the American Legion Auxiliary through the M. Louise Wilson Educational Loan Fund. The Education program includes focused attention on educational and scholarship opportunities for military children, whether their parents are active duty or reserve; education of school administrators about the unique mental health issues facing children of our military; enhancing respect for the sacrifices of our military heroes among school children by scheduling Veterans in Community Schools programs; and supporting veterans to pursue higher education and vocational education.

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Important Dates:

  • November 13-17, 2023: American Education Week

  • March 1: National scholarship applications due

  • April 15: Purple Up! Day for Military Children

  • May 6-10, 2024: Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 15: Department chairmen reports due to division chairmen; cc: national chairman

  • June 1: Awards submissions due

2023 District Chairmen:

District 1 - Mary O'Neil                     District 7 - Nichole Smith

District 2 - Vacant                              District 8 - Vacant

District 3 - Vacant                              District 9 - Vacant

District 4 - Laura Calteux                 District 10 - Chrys Porter

District 5 - Vacant                              District 11 - Vacant

District 6 - Alice Bartow                   District 12 - Vacant

2022-2023 National Education Program Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements

Thank you for taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission! Your story may inspire another member into service. It also helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter.

Here are the national awards for this committee:

Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit Education Program (per division)

  • All unit entries must be submitted by the department chairman via electronic form by 5 p.m. EST on June 1.

Note: You will receive a confirmation when your award is submitted. Unit members should follow instructions from their department.

National Awards Form Link:

Department Award: Best Department Education Program (per division)

  • All department entries must be submitted by the department chairman via electronic form by 5 p.m. EST on June 1.

Note: You will receive a confirmation when your award is submitted.

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Fine Print:

Award submissions become property of the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. Through submission of reports and award entries, the submitter grants nonexclusive reproduction and publication rights to the materials submitted and agrees to have their names and submission published for ALA use or commercial use without additional compensation or permission.

Please fill out the information as completely and accurately as possible. Award certificates will be completed using the information given on this sheet, so please be sure to complete the electronic form in its entirety.

Please refer to the webpage for the specific criteria such as photographs, narrative length, submission deadline, and point of contact. All awards will be mailed to the department office after ALA National Convention. Department presidents may wish to recognize award recipients by presenting them with the award at a department function.

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