Whirley Earns American Legion Scholarship
Each year, American Legion Red Henderson Post 483, located in Cooper, Texas, offers Cooper High School seniors an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship.
The 2017 first place essay, titled “How Can One Show Pride in Being An American,” was written by Miss Eryn Whirley. Eryn will use the scholarship award for tuition at Texas A&M University in Commerce in the fall. At present, she plans to major in psychology and after graduation, work as a therapist helping others who come to her for assistance.
How does the process work: Cooper High School seniors are encouraged to fill out applications and report to Cooper High School on a Sunday afternoon in March to write an essay for Vice-Commander, W.T. (Butch) Burns. The seniors, who report, after listening to requirements and instructions, have two hours to complete their essay. The title for the essay is unknown by anyone until time to begin writing.
Once all essays are turned in, Vice-Commander Burns takes all essays to a team of three judges who pick first, second, and third place winners. The first place winner is contacted as soon as possible so he or she is aware of the essay contest results. The second and third place winners are also contacted. The first place winner, along with parent or guardian, is asked to be present at the next American Legion meeting which is also in March. At this meeting, the winning essay is read aloud to Post 483 members that are present. The student and family receive introductions and this is followed by comments and special presentations from Post Commander Gary Thompson.