Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarships are available, but you must enter one of two national contests to have a chance to win. Local winners receive an award certificate and a small cash prize. All local first place winners go on to judging in district and state competition and one winner from each contest represents the VFW Department of North Carolina in national competition.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapel Hill Post 9100 is now accepting contest entries from area youth for two annual programs. The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program and Patriot’s Pen contest. Competition is keen and local winners go on to district and possible state review with the opportunity to win state and national awards. One person in each contest represents the state and gets a chance for up to a $30,000 in national scholarships.
The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than than $2 million in scholarships nationwide. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in February-March 2018, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its VFW Auxiliary and receive their portion of $153,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
- The deadline for submissions for the 2017-2018 program is October 31, 2017. Download the entry form for 2017-2018 by clicking here. The theme is: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.“
- Contestants are urged to visit the VFW National website to learn more about the contest and hear last year’s winning oral essay.
- Contestants are urged to read contest rules completely, provide full and complete information (no blank fields), and that they review it for accuracy. Submit both sides of the contest form.
- Contestants are also urged to listen to their oral essay CD on a car CD or tape player to insure that it plays as it did when produced on a personal computer or tape player. Not all software programs produce CDs or tapes in a format used universally.
Patriot’s Pen is a youth-essay writing contest that gives students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Annually, more than 100,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 54 national awards totaling $54,500. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March for the winner and a parent or guardian.
The Contest: Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme.
- The deadline for submissions for the 2017-2018 program is October 31, 2017. Download the entry form for 2017-2018 here.
- The theme for 2017-2018 is: “America’s Gift to My Generation”
- Entry length is 300-400 words. Shorter or longer essays are disqualified.
- Submit both sides of the contest form.
- Contestants are urged to visit the VFW National website to learn more about the Patriot’s Pen Contest.
- The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has again approved this contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.
Both programs are open to private and home-school students. Contest submissions are due to the Chapel Hill VFW Post no later than November 1, 2016. Contact the post at 919-741-5183 for assistance. Visit www.vfw.org/Youth/ for full contest details and application forms.
Downloaded scholarship entry forms are form type-able. You can download a copy to your personal computer and enter your information directly on the form. Save a completed copy after you print copies for submission.
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