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  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Boys State Taps Samsung Scholarship Finalist

    A senior at Long Island’s Manhasset High School was named as a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist. William M. Delaney was selected by the staff of New York’s American Legion Boys State, which was held at SUNY Morrisville from June 27 to July 3, 2014.

    In making the announcement, the selection officials said Delaney was named a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist on the basis of academics and school and community involvement. Delaney will join 97 other national finalists from around the United States, each competing for one of nine scholarships. Each scholarship is worth about $20,000.

    The scholarship funds come from the earnings of a $5-million Samsung endowment. “To show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War,” Samsung joined with The American Legion to offer an educational opportunity to the descendants of war-time veterans who have served honorably. Delaney is eligible for this award through his father, John Delaney Jr., who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1973 until 1976.

    Members of the New York American Legion Boys State Program selection committee said the selection process was difficult. “The applicants were some of the best-qualified students in the state and the competition was keen,” noted Boys State Executive Director John Murphy.

    Scholarship Finalist

    William Delaney receives plaque designating him as a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist. From left: Boys State Executive Director John Murphy, 2013-2014 State Commander Kenneth Governor, Delaney, Boys State Staffer Martin Moot, and Boys State Program Director David O’Brien. Photo by Doug Malin.