Kansas State University Partners with American Legion Boys State of Kansas: A Unique Opportunity for Leadership, Learning, and Scholarships

By Trish Svoboda

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas (ALBSK) Leadership Program has announced a collaboration with Kansas State University, providing participants the opportunity to earn three college credits at a substantial discount. The upcoming ALBSK session marks its 32nd consecutive and 86th overall session and will take place from Sunday, June 2, to Saturday, June 8, on the KSU campus in Manhattan.

KSU is offering two sections of the course, Introduction to Political Science (POLSC 110), specifically for Kansas Boys State (KBS) attendees. Participation in KBS will count towards some of the course requirements, with additional assignments given by the instructor, Dr. Nate Birkhead.

Students who wish to take this course will be registered as KSU students, but they are not required to attend K-State as the credits are transferable. KBS attendees interested in this opportunity should reach out to their school guidance counselor to enroll. Additionally, attendees of Kansas Boys State have the chance to qualify for two scholarships — the Samsung American Legion Scholarship, which can be worth as much as $10,000, and the Boys State of Kansas Director’s Scholarship, which can amount to up to $1,500.

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas program offers an engaging, interactive experience in leadership and teamwork that fosters self-awareness, encourages mutual respect, and instills a sense of civic duty. This program aims to instill participants with a sense of personal responsibility towards their community, state, and nation.

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