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VFW contests offer thousands in scholarship money
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Now that students have their brains back in school mode, it’s time to think about stirring up some creative juices with contests that could earn a $30,000 college scholarship.
Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5064 is once again offering essay and art contests to local students who are home schooled or attend a public, private and parochial school.
“There is a lot of money out there to win for scholarships and we have a lot of smart students out there who don’t always get this information,” said Ladies Auxiliary 5064 president and legislative chairperson Phyllis Barnes.
Barnes says efforts are made each year to reach as many students and parents as possible to inform them of this opportunity to fund future education needs by winning a scholarship now.
“If you know of any child in grades 6-12, tell them and their parents about this opportunity,” she added. “We had pretty good participation last year, but we always want more.”
There are three contests:
• Voice of Democracy — For students in grades 9-12, this speaking contest has a theme this year, “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” Top award is a $30,000 scholarship.
• Patriotic Art — Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to get creative and draw what patriotism means to them. Top award is a $10,000 scholarship.
• Patriot’s Pen — This writing contest is for students in grades 6-8. The theme “Are You Proud of Your Country?” is being used this year. Top award is a $10,000 savings bond.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has approved these contests for its national advisory list and activities.
There are specific rules and deadlines with each contest that must be strictly followed. The deadline for Patriot’s Pen is Oct. 25, Voice of Democracy is Nov. 1, and Patriotic Art is due by Christmas vacation.
For more information, or to be sent a brochure of the rules, call Barnes at 934-3219 or 808-5970.