Johnston-Blessman Post 38


If you are a Legion member and have a child or grandchild graduating from high school in 2023, they are eligible to apply for a one-time $1,000 Post 38 Family Scholarship. 
Applications are available from the Post or send a request to Mark Toll at

Winner will be announced in June.



2022 Winners

Ryan Hanson    Appleton East High School

Anike Nettekoven   Appleton North High School

Carter Cittadino   Appleton West High School

Karina Qualmann   Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Allison Matzek   Xavier High School

Winner of Post 38 Family Scholarship

Baily Bidwell   Kaukauna High School. Bailey is the granddaughter of John Breitzman. 


Congratulations to all those who submitted applications and were choosen as 2022 Scholarship winners. 



2021 Winners

Katie Cashman   Fox Valley High School

Jade Worden Appleton West High School


Legion Family Scholarship

Rosie Cobb Valley New School



American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

Updated: 1 August 2022