Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Deadline  0

Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarships are available, but time is running out for your submissions.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapel Hill Post 9100 is now considering local youth for two annual programs. The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program and Patriot’s Pen contest.

Last year, Chapel Hill sponsored a student that went on to win district and state contest participation. Leanna Long of McDougle Middle School, Chapel Hill, won North Carolina’s Patriot’s Pen (Second Place) in state-wide competition and over $850 in scholarships.

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 it 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.

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. Annually, roughly 126,000 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. This year’s theme is “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.”
Both programs are open to private and home-school students.

Contest submissions are due to the Chapel Hill VFW Post no later than November 1st. Contact the post at 919-741-5183 for assistance. Visit www.vfw.org/programs/ for full contest details and application forms.

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