American Legion Post 233 Riders provide fallen hero scholarship to Gwinnett/Walton Students

Cpl Jonathan Ayers, 24, of Snellvile, lost in battle on July 13, 2008. Photo courtesy of American Legion Riders of Post 233, Loganville.

Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers 24, of Snellville, GA was one of nine heroes who was lost in battle while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy, Ayers died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008. This year, the American Legion Riders of Loganville Post 233 are sponsoring the Cpl. Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship, an annual scholarship is endowed from monies raised by the Legion Riders of the Loganville post. This will benefit a deserving student from Walton or Gwinnett Counties with a $1000.00 scholarship.

According to the American Legion Riders from Post 233, the contest will be open to any high school senior who is attending a public, private, parochial, or home school in Walton or Gwinnett counties and who is pursuing higher education in an accredited college, university, or trade school. The scholarship  will be awarded based on an essay contest focused on applied freedoms in America.

The first essay contest opened in December and the award will be announced in April. The deadline for submission is noon on Feb. 9, 2018.  For full details click or tap on this link from the American Legion Riders of Post 233 in Loganville.

The following are the rules of the scholarship essay contest per the American Legion Riders of Post 233, Loganville.

2017-2018 Important Dates/Rules/Essay Prompt

Essay Prompt

The concepts of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights are closely intertwined in our American culture and government. Briefly compare and contrast Civil Rights and Civil liberties and provide one or more specific examples about how each has impacted your day to day life as a young American.


The contest is open to writers who are both residents of Gwinnett or Walton County and are seniors at some point during the contest period (December 11th, 2017-Feb. 9, 2018).

Essay Length

Essays should be 800-1000 words in length. Submissions that do not meet this requirement, or that exceed it, will be disqualified.


Essays must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time, February 9, 2018.


All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.


Our Judges will evaluate essay submissions in a fair and unbiased judging system, where judges will all use the same criteria. Judges will be selected by the Legion Riders based on their backgrounds, education, writing, and the subject matter. Decisions of the judges are final.

Ownership and Use

The ownership of any submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant’s permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for The American Legion Post 233 and the American Legion Riders of Post 233 to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.

Submission Details

Essays must be submitted via email to and must include the Subject Line of Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship Entry. Students should include their Full Name, Email Address, Mailing Address, and a contact Phone Number in the body of the email above the essay.


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