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This Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Post 523 in honor of Jerry Minderlein.
Jerry's Picture

Jerry's Bio:  

Jerry was born in 1928 and passed away in 2007. He entered the service in WW II as so many others from the  greatest generation did. He served proudly on two different ships in the U.S. Navy; they were the USS Dayton and the USS Charger. He was a fireman and served in the engine rooms of both.

After his military service he began working for the Singer Sewing machine Company and remained with them for 40 years. While never having a formal education, he had to quit school in the 9th grade to work and help support his family, he rose to manage and direct the sales and service for Singer Co for the entire east coast of the United States.

He first joined the American Legion while living in Snellville Ga. He served Post 232 with distinction as Treasurer, Vice Commander and Commander. He moved to Concord, NC in the late 1990’s and joined the Concord American Legion Post 51. When Harrisburg, NC decided to start a post, he was one of the charter members. Jerry also served there as Commander; this was the position he held at the time of his death.

Due to the strong feelings he had toward young people being educated, the family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a scholarship fund in his name. Thus, the scholarship fund was begun. The funds have been and will continue to be directed toward sending a deserving young man to the Boy’s State program. Below is some information about this worthy program.

To apply for this Scholarship and to obtain more information contact Steve Minderlein at scholarship@post523.com.


Tar Heels Boy's State

Tar Heel Boys' State is sponsored by The American Legion Department of North Carolina. It is an intense workshop concentrating on North Carolina state government and politics. Some 500 rising high school seniors representing all geographic areas of North Carolina participate annually in this program. 

The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our great republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching the youth of our state and nation to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. Tar Heel Boys' State teaches the preservation of our form of government that depends on intelligent, informed and loyal citizens in combination with government activities.

Link to the website: http://www.nclegion.org/boystate.htm

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