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Boys State is offered by the Oklahoma American Legion and was founded in 1935 to combat the rising ideals of communism in the United States and to allow young men to understand the freedoms associated with being an American.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

Legion posts select high-school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization.

Boys State programs currently exist in all Legion departments except Hawaii. As separate corporations, Boys State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic concept: teaching government from the township to the state level.

Those who attend Boys State at NEO were selected by either their local American Legion post or their high school.  Many who have completed Boys State in the past will return to provide guidance as counselors.  Boys State participants will also have the opportunity to earn up to three hours of college credit from NEO.

Receive College Credit

Boys’ State participants can receive college credit with a submitted college credit enrollment
form and letter of consent.

However, to receive the tuition waiver, you must qualify as a concurrent student.

To be a qualified concurrent student you must:

  1. Have an ACT Composite score of 19 (minimum) or a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA AND have an ACT Reading score of 19 (minimum)
  2. Submit high school transcript to the Admissions Office
  3. Submit National ACT scores to the Admissions Office (Residual ACT scores cannot be accepted.)
  4. Submit the letter of consent signed by the principal or counselor, parent and student to the Admissions Office

ALL items must be submitted to qualify for the tuition waiver (ACT scores, transcripts, consent letter and enrollment form). No items will be accepted or processed after June 4, 2021. Please mail, fax or email all forms to the Admissions Office PO Box 3843, Miami, OK 74354,
fax# (918)540-2656 or email neoadmission@neo.edu.