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VFW Auxiliary Offers Four Scholarships

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August 1, 2020

We encourage students to express their Americanism and Patriotism thoughts through our scholarships programs. By participating in our scholarship programs, they show support for our country and are able to earn money for their further education.

Continuing Education

The applications for this scholarship are due to National by February 15, 2021. It is only open to any auxiliary member (who has been a member for at least one year, their spouse son or daughter) with a financial need. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age. The application requires an essay of 300 words or less included with it and must be mailed to -

• Programs Administrator, VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th Street, 10th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64111

• Or email it to info@vfwauxiliary.org

At each of the four Conferences an award of $1,000 awarded to an applicant. Applications are available from Department Scholarships Chairman or at http://www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art

This is open to all students in grades 9-12, including home schooled students. The student cannot be older than 18 years old at time of the entry and must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. National.

This contest now accepts two dimensional and three-dimensional art. Rules are as follows:

Two-dimensional art -

• Must be on canvas or paper.

• May use watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media

• Do not frame two dimensional pieces.

• Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board.

• Other entries must be matted in white.

• Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper.

• Mounted and floating mats may also be used.

• The art should be no smaller than 8" x 10" but no larger than 18" x 24", not including the mat.

Three-dimensional art -

• Can be paper, papier-mache, pottery, clay, metal work, etc.

• Pieces should be no smaller than 8" in any direction and no larger than 24"

• Art cannot be more than 5 pounds in weight.

• Digital art, photography and jewelry will not be accepted.

Deadlines

Entries need to be received by -

• The local auxiliary – March 31

• Department – April 15

• National Headquarters – May 5

National Scholarship Awards

• First place – $15,000

• Second place – $7,500

• Third place – $3,500

• Fourth place – $1,500

• Fifth through Eighth place – $500

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

This scholarship is for all students in grades 9-12, including home schooled students. The student must be a resident of the state in which the entry is entered. One department winner goes onto the VFW National Headquarters.

The 2020-2021 Theme is "Is This The Country The Founders Envisioned?"

Deadlines

• Local VFW Post – Midnight October 31st

• Post Judging completed and sent to District – November 15

• Department Judging completed – January 10

• Department Winner to VFW National Headquarters – January 15

VFW Department Awards: The Department Awards range from $300 to $2500.

National Awards

• First place – $30,000 scholarship

• Second place – $16,000 scholarship

• Third place – $10,000 scholarship

• Fourth through 36th place – $7,000 to $1,500 scholarship

• 37th through 54th place – $1,000 scholarship

Judging is based on -

• Originality – 30 points

• Content – 35 points

• Delivery – 35 points

All department winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where their essays will be judged in the final competition.

The application can be found at http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education or http://www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships. Applications will also be available at our Council of Administration meetings and at Convention.

Patriot's Pen

This scholarship is for students in grades 6-8, including home schooled students. Students must be a resident of the state in which the entry is entered. One Department winner will be forwarded to VFW National Headquarters.

The 2020-2021 Theme is "What Is Patriotism To Me?"

Deadlines:

Entries to be received by -

• Local VFW Post – Midnight October 31st

• Post Judging completed and sent to District – November 15

• Department Judging completed – January 10

• Department Winner to VFW National Headquarters – January 15

VFW Department Awards:

• First place – $1,000

• Second place – $500

• Third place – $250

National Awards:

• First place – $5,000

• Second place – $4,000

• Third place – $3,500

• Fourth through 54th place – $2,750 to $500

Judging is based on -

• Knowledge of the Theme – 30 points

• Theme Development – 35 points

• Clarity of ideas – 35 points

The application can be found at http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education or http://www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships. Applications will also be available at our Council of Administration meetings and at Convention.

Groups To Contact

There are several organizations where students can be contacted to discuss these scholarships such as -

• Schools and JROTC Units.

• Church and/or youth groups.

• Youth-focused associations.

• Youth sports teams.

• Financial Aid offices.

• Student veteran centers.

For more information locally, email editor@azbw.com. and put "VFW Auxiliary Scholarships" in the subject line.

 

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