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Libertyville High School Senior Named National Finalist for Samsung American Legion Scholarship

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Samsung Press Release

Libertyville --- A senior at Libertyville High School was named as a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist. Tim Grote was selected by the staff of Illinois Boys State which was held at Eastern Illinois University from June 8 -- 14, 2013.

In making the announcement, the selection officials said Grote was named a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist on the basis of academics, school and community involvement, and financial need.

As a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist, Tim Grote 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.

Tim Grote is an honor roll student, an Eagle Scout, trombonist in the award winning Libertyville High School Wind Ensemble, treasurer of the All-in-Ag 4H club, and a varsity football player and wrestler. Grote plans to study agriculture in college.

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship funds come from the earnings of a $5-million endowment given by Samsung. Samsung, in recognition of the sacrifices and commitment of United States servicemen and women who served during the Korean War to maintain the security of the Korean peninsula, joined with The American Legion to offer an educational opportunity to the descendants of war-time veterans who have served honorably.

Tim Grote's grandfather, William Werner Sr. of Mundelein, served with the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Werner earned a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster for his service. Werner was in Korea from 1950-1952.

The president and chief executive officer of Samsung North American, Dong-Jin Oh, says 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 Illinois 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.