Colon Furr Memorial Nursing Scholarship


The Colon Furr Memorial Nursing Scholarship is awarded to North Carolina residents who are enrolled in a 1 year Licensed Practical Nursing program or a 2 year, 3 year, or 4 year nursing program through The American Legion, which is the world’s largest veteran’s organization.

The funds for this scholarship program contain money donated for the specific purpose of earning interest for the Colon Furr Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Some of the funds are raised from various events and activities such as raffles and sales.

Award Information:

Amount: $600
Number of Scholarship Awards: Varies (Each post is allowed to endorse 1 applicant only)
Deadline: September 25
GPA: Check the official website for more details
Major: Nursing or Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

Eligibility Criteria:

– Must be a resident of North Carolina
– Must have been accepted to or is currently enrolled in a 1 year Licensed Practical Nurse program or in a 2, 3, or 4 year program that leads to a certification as a Registered Nurse.
– Must be enrolled in an accredited North Carolina LPN or Nursing school.

Application Process:

1. Obtain the scholarship application form an American Legion Post in North Carolina or by writing to the Department Headquarters at:

The American Legion
Department of North Carolina
P.O. Box 2667
Raleigh, NC 27611

2. Fill out the application form; it may be typewritten or handwritten.

3. Provide your most recent transcript of school grades showing your GPA. If you have not received your end-of-term grades in the nursing curriculum, please submit a letter of acceptance from the educational institution you are currently attending. The letter should state that you have been accepted into an accredited LPN or RN program. You may also submit your high school transcripts showing your GPA.

4. Ask your teachers, career counselors, or guidance counselors to write reference letters on your behalf. You may submit up to three (3) academic references.

5. It is highly encouraged that you also submit letters or endorsements from individuals who are from your community. Applicants are allowed to submit up to five (5) non-academic references.

6. Get the American Legion post commander or post adjutant to sign your application. Applications without the endorsement of an American Legion Post in North Carolina will not be considered. Post commanders or post adjutants are recommended to do an interview with a post representative applicant before forwarding the application to the department headquarters.

Selection Process:

The selection process usually occurs at the Fall Conference in October. Each post representative will be given 2 minutes to speak on each student nomination. After all the representatives have been allowed to speak, the committee will go into Executive Session for the selection of the award recipients. Contact will be made by the end of November.

Award Payout:

Selected winners will receive a form to fill out designating their college address to which their check is to be mailed. The scholarship check will be made payable to the school only.

Contact Information:

The American Legion Department of North Carolina
4 North Blount Street,
Raleigh, NC 27611-6657
Phone: (919) 832-7506
Email: [email protected]

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