Legion Riders roll into New Ulm

Receive donations for Legacy Scholarship

Staff photo by Fritz Busch More than 60 American Legion Riders roll into Oak Hills Living Center Aug. 4. Raising money for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, riders from across the state toured Mankato, Lake Crystal, New Ulm, Nicollet, Eagle Lake, Elysian, Waseca, Montgomery, and Faribault Saturday.

NEW ULM — More than 60 Minnesota Legacy Run riders rolled into New Ulm Aug. 4, stopped at Oak Hills Living Center and received a number of donations for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Minnesota Legacy Run Chairman Steve Sullivan received a number of checks including one for $5,608.50 from a number of local businesses and industries. Other local donations included $500 checks from New Ulm American Legion Post 132 and the Post 132 Legion Auxiliary. Local donations totaled $6,708.50, boosting the Minnesota Legacy Run running donation total to $51,287.50.

Last year, Post 132 American Legion riders donated $5,246.40 to the Minnesota Legacy Run.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship was created as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror that left many children of active duty military personnel in single-parent households.

The American Legion wants to ensure that higher education is a possibility for children whose parents lost their lives serving our country. Beginning in 2017, the scholarship was expanded to include children of VA-rated, Post 9/11 veterans with a combined disability rating of 50 percent or higher.

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Lynae Flatau, left, of the New Ulm Legion Auxiliary, passes a $500 check to Minnesota Legacy Run Ride Chairman Steve Sullivan at Oak Hills Living Center. American Legion Legacy Scholarships were created as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror, leaving many children of our active duty military personnel in single-parent households.

Scholarship awards are up to $20,000 in aid. Renewable scholarships based on need, are for expenses of graduate and post-graduate tuition, books, room and board, meal plans, transportation and other supplies.

Students can re-apply for the scholarship up to six years. A waiver can be obtained if the student is in the National Guard or reserves and is called to active duty or is on a church mission.

Donation checks can be given to Legion Riders or mailed to The American Legion Foundation; Third Floor, Veterans Service Building; 20 W. 12th Street, Room 300A; St. Paul, MN 55155-2000.

For more information, visit https://wwwmnlegacyrun.org/about-us/faq/