Alexandria student earns $20K college scholarship

class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-33070″ style=”margin: 2px 4px;” alt=”Samsung-Scholar-Photo-GABRIELLE-LESSEN” src=”” width=”250″ height=”340″ />INDIANAPOLIS – Gabrielle Lessen, a senior at Holy Savior Menard Central High School in Alexandria, has been selected to receive a $20,000 college scholarship through the Samsung-American Legion program.

Lessen 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.

Eligibility for scholarships requires students to be direct descendants of U.S. wartime veterans.

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.

The American Legion recognized Samsung’s generosity by presenting the company with its 2013 Patriot Award. Yang Kyu Kim, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America, accepted the award on Aug. 27 during the Legion’s 95th national convention in Houston.