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Kentucky Boys State

What is Boys State?
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students, and is considered a highly regarded leadership training program. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935, and was established in Kentucky in 1940.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, training in various topics, assemblies, journalism and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. Selection can be made as well by the Executive Director, especially for students in areas under represented by American Legion Posts. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization. Parents are allowed to donate the fees for their child to attend the program.

To find out more about Kentucky Boys State, contact our local American Legion Post, or click here.

Why is it Important?
Attending Kentucky Boys State is a life changing opportunity, "A week that changes a Lifetime!" Participants spend an entire week learning about Kentucky State government, history, communications, government, leadership and various other topics. In addition, there are many other benefits to attending Kentucky Boys State:

  1. Networking with other high school juniors throughout the State of Kentucky, and with staff and volunteers.
  2. Letter of Recommendation for college, military academies and for employment. Boys State is a MAJOR plus for ROTC and Academy appointments.
  3. Potential college credit for Political Science at participating colleges and universities.
  4. A chance to attend Boys Nation in Washington D.C. with all expenses paid by the American Legion.
  5. Access to scholarship and grant opportunities such as the Samsung Scholarship.
  6. Learning various job functions such as management, yearbook, leadership, logistics, movie studies, and other disciplines.
  7. Opportunity to meet various State leaders, judges, public officials, and influential people.
  8. Access to the Alumni Network.
  9. Chance to visit the State Capital and various Constitutional Officers.
  10. Many other positive experiences such as meeting Dr. Pete Trzop aka the Honey Badger.

One week of your summer that will change your life. See if you are eligible?

Who is Eligible?
There are several criteria for applying for Kentucky Boys State. They are:

  1. Are you a Junior in high school? Will you be a rising senior over the Summer?
  2. Attend a Kentucky High School or home schooled full-time? If you are out of State, contact Dr. Pete Trzop for review. There are some extra steps to the application process, but Dr. Pete is open to those living in proximity to Kentucky or with parents serving the United States Military.
  3. Do you possess leadership qualities? Good character? Solid grades and high school activities?
  4. Enthusiasm to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity?
  5. Want a chance to change your life with this elite training program?

If you want to be a part of Kentucky Boys State, go to the How do I Apply section. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Dr. Pete Trzop. A quick phone call or email can correct any issues or problems, so thank you for your interest and effort to be a part of Kentucky Boys State.

Welcome to Kentucky Boys State?
Executive Director Dr. Peter Trzop

How Do I Apply?

So you are interested in applying to Kentucky Boys State? Then start the process by following these steps:

  1. Fill out the Kentucky Boys State application(click here), save a copy on your computer and print off copies for your file. Ensure you have all areas filled out and all required signatures attached by your parent or guardian.
  2. Get a Letter of Recommendation from a person of importance like a teacher, principal, spiritual leader, karate instructor, coach, veteran or someone who can speak of your character, potential and desire to be a part of the program.
  3. Locate your local American Legion Post for sponsorship. Some areas have multiple posts, so ensure you apply to them all, but if selected by another post, notify other posts so they can consider another person.
  4. If you cannot find a local American Legion Post, or are not selected by them, submit your application to Dr. Pete Trzop, Executive Director of Kentucky Boys State.
  5. Selection to Kentucky Boys State is a rolling application process, but we like to have all applications submitted by May 1 of the year of attendance. If after this date, contact Dr. Pete Trzop as soon as possible!!! There is still a chance to get you into the program, so never give up!
  6. Due to funding of multiple participants, it is encouraged that students request funding from local businesses, companies, friends and family, and other community organizations. The cost of KBS for one week is set at $200. If you would like to help sponsor another student in financial need, in full or in part, please feel free to add a donation on top of this tuition amount. KBS makes every effort to ensure no student is denied this great opportunity due to financial hardship. Thank you for the consideration!

If at any time you have any problems or issues, contact your local American Legion Post, or Dr. Pete Trzop at 502 233 4585 for further assistance. Our staff of volunteers want you to be a part of this great experience. Thank you for your interest!

Please note for clarity, there are two processes to be accepted into KBS.

  1. Sponsorship through an American Legion Post. They normally have a cut off date for sponsorship and payment of the tuition. Each post is different, but the date is around May 1st. Even after this date, KBS staff HIGHLY recommends contact with local posts just in case they have funding available.
  2. Direct application to KBS Staff. Dr. Pete Trzop can accept applications up to the date of the Summer Training Session. Parents and businesses are more than welcome to pay for the tuition. There are limited scholarships for those in financial need. Our goal at KBS is to accept all qualified students! When in doubt, have questions, and/or need information, please call Dr. Pete 502 233 4585.


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