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For over seventy years, the American Legion has prided itself on providing the youth of New Hampshire with an unparalleled non-partisan program that provides practical instruction in civics and the unique challenges of the American system of democratic self-governance.  This learning-by-doing experience creates a forum for discussion by tomorrow's leaders about the issues of today and the challenges of our future.



Boys State presents a practical application of the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship.  Its purpose is to awaken within the youth of New Hampshire a sincere conviction that a well-informed, intelligent and participating citizenry is most vitally needed to protect and preserve the American tradition of democratic self-government.  Boys State is strictly non-partisan: representatives of all major political parties are invited and are represented throughout the week.  Students are encouraged to share their own views on issues of public importance.


American Legion New Hampshire Boys State is open to young men who have completed their junior year of high school and who are ready to enter the senior class in the fall.  Applicants who meet the following criteria will be selected:

  • Attends a New Hampshire high school or is a resident of the State of New Hampshire;

  • Scholastic average should be an 80 or better;

  • Must be of good character and in good health;

  • Should demonstrate qualities of leadership, character and good citizenship; and

  • Must submit a draft bill or resolution with application.

There is no limit on the number of qualified candidates who may attend from a particular high school.  Home-school students may attend, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements.

The American Legion Auxiliary runs the Girls State program for young women.  Additional information about that program is available here.


Through the generosity of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Samsung Corporation, students at American Legion New Hampshire Boys State have been able to compete for roughly $7,000 in scholarship funds each year.  Two New Hampshire Boys State alumni -- Joseph Arsenault (2008) and Cormac Mahoney (2017) -- have been national recipients of the Samsung Scholarship, which is worth up to $20,000.


If you wish to apply for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship, you are urged to begin your application as soon as possible, as you must document your relationship to the servicemember through whom you are claiming eligibility and also secure certain information from your high school.  Applications for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship must be completed online at http://www.legion.org/samsung-scholarship-applicationYour application must be complete by check-in on June 23, 2019.  No exceptions.  

The only costs that an individual student must bear for American Legion New Hampshire Boys State are his non-refundable $25.00 application fee, transportation to and from Saint Anselm College, and any desired incidentals during the week.
Community sponsors and American Legion posts pay the remaining $335.00 in tuition, which covers room, board, snacks, materials, the costs of instruction, and all in-program transportation from the point of registration to graduation.
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