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St. Clairsville American Legion Grants Citizenship Scholarship to Belmont College Students

St. Clairsville, OH (August 11, 2016) – Officials with the St. Clairsville American Legion Post #159 and Belmont College announced today a new partnership that will provide scholarship opportunities for local students.

 

The scholarship, known as the “St. Clairsville American Legion Citizenship Scholarship,” will be awarded to a first-year student enrolled full-time at Belmont College in an associate degree or certificate program. Eligible students must be children or grandchildren of a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and be a permanent resident of Belmont County.

 

 St. Clairsville American Legion Post #159 members present Dr. Paul Gasparro with the check to support the St. Clairsville American Legion Citizenship Scholarship. Pictured left to right are: Gene Kieffer, 1st Vice Commander; Rick Johnson, Post Adjutant; Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President; and Joe Barker, Commander.

St. Clairsville American Legion Post #159 members present Dr. Paul Gasparro with the check to support the St. Clairsville American Legion Citizenship Scholarship. Pictured left to right are: Gene Kieffer, 1st Vice Commander; Rick Johnson, Post Adjutant; Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President; and Joe Barker, Commander.

“Thanks to the support of our membership in post activities and keeping with our pledge ‘Veterans Serving Veterans,’ we are proud to make this scholarship available to a child or grandchild of a veteran in Belmont County,” said Rick Johnson, Adjutant Post #159. “It is our hope these funds will lessen the financial burden so the recipient can focus on improving their quality of life through advanced education.”

 

The St. Clairsville American Legion Citizenship Scholarship will award one first-year student $500 for the fall semester and $500 for the spring semester for a total of $1,000 for the academic year.

 

“Military servicemen and women make extraordinary sacrifices in the service of their country,” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President. “Scholarships such as this one funded by the St. Clairsville American Legion help keep out of pocket tuition expenses manageable for our students. It is an honor to see those students who are a child or grandchild of a veteran benefit from this scholarship allowing them to achieve their educational and career goals at a reduced cost.”

 

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

 

 

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