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Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process

Citizens to ALA Missouri Girls State are chosen by an application and interview procedure specific to their school or sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary Unit or Legion Post. Applications for the 2025 session are not yet available.

ALA MGS citizens are young women who attend high school in Missouri. All citizens have just completed their junior year and have at least one semester of high school remaining. Candidates are evaluated for participation based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. Junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary are especially encouraged to apply for the opportunity to attend ALA MGS.


If you are a member of the community or a local American Legion Auxiliary Unit and have questions regarding American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State, please call Linda Schaap, Director of Admissions at (816) 358-4541, or e-mail the


If you are a high school counselor or administrator, please check out our "School Info" tab to assist you.  Senior ALA MGS Staff Members serve as Recruitment Team Members to assist you with the application and sponsorship process.  Your recruitment team member is a valuable resource to answer questions. To get in touch with your recruitment team member or for other assistance, please e-mail

If you are eligible for the program and wish to apply, please complete the online application that will be available on our homepage soon.  Then, reach out to your counselor for details regarding your high school's selection process.

Citizens must be sent in by American Legion Auxiliary Units or high schools.  Students cannot mail in their own applications and cannot self-pay the sponsorship fee for attendance.

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