If you are a parent, you know the value of a scholarship. You probably searched for one just as your child was about to graduate. However, did you realize that the Veterans of Foreign Wars has two scholarship programs that can provide as much as $30,000 as a top prize?
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 Chapel Hill first place winners go on to be considered in district and state competitions One district winner from each contest represents the VFW Department of North Carolina in national competition.
C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 is still accepting contest entries from area youth for two annual programs. The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program and Patriot’s Pen contest. Local contestants have until November 1st to enter. Here are the details:
The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. Each year Voice of Democracy provides more than $3 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.
- The deadline for submissions for the 2015-2016 program is November 1, 2015. Download the entry form for 2015-2016 by clicking here. The theme is: “My Vision for America”. Learn more
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 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme.
- The deadline for submissions for the 2015-2016 program is November 1, 2015. Download the entry form for 2015-2016 here.
- The theme for 2015-2016 is: “What Freedom Means to Me”
- Entry length is 300-400 words. Shorter or longer essays are disqualified.
- Submit both sides of the contest form.
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, 2015. Contact the post at 919-741-5183 for assistance. Visitwww.vfw.org/Youth/ for full contest details and application forms.