Published: Thu Sep 30, 2010— Jordan Claxton, son of Tina and John Claxton, has been named a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist. Claxton was selected by the staff of Tennessee American Legion Boys' State, which was held at Tennessee Tech University this summer.
In making the announcement, selection officials said Groves was named a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist on the basis of academics, school and community involvement, and financial need.
As a finalist, Groves will join 99 other national finalists from around the United States, each competing for one of twelve scholarships. Each scholarship is worth an expected $20,000.
The Samsung American Legion Scholarship funds come from the earnings of a $5 million endowment given by Samsung. Samsung, in recognition of the sacrifice and commitment of U.S. servicemen and women who served during the Korean War to maintain the security of the Korean peninsula, joined with the American Legion to offer educational opportunities to the descendents of war-time veterans who have served honorably.
Claxton's great grandfather, James William Ayers, served in WWII.
The president and chief executive officer of Samsung North America, Dong-Jin Oh, said Samsung wants to recognize "the sacrifices and commitment of U.S. servicemen and women. We believe this is the best way to show our appreciation to the United States and to U.S. war veterans."
Members of the Tennessee American Legion Boys' State 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.