September 1, 2022
Pass This On To The Students You Know
Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary invite students to enter and express their appreciation of our veterans in writing, in recording, or in an art form.
Excerpts From A Letter From Laurie Sparwasser
Scholarship Program Chair
Hi! My name is Laurie Sparwasser. I am thrilled to chair the Scholarship Program again this year for President Marvie's "Boots on the Ground for Our Veterans" year. I really love this program of the VFW Auxiliary as I enjoy working with our students in the community.
This program shows us how the young people view Americanism and Patriotism with these scholarships. It is a way for them to reveal their views on these attributes to this great country.
The programs within Scholarship Program are the same as in the past – Continuing Education, the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest, Voice of Democracy, and Patriot's Pen.
The Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay contests are due first – October 31st to the local Post (VFW Post 3513 c/o Carol Allen: Address: 7220 E Wilshire Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest is due to your Auxiliary by March 31, 2023. .
• The theme this year for the Voice of Democracy Essay is "Why is the Veteran Important?" A copy of the application is below for you to print, [fill in, and/or ] hand out to students.
• The Patriot's Pen essay contest theme this year is "My Pledge to our Veterans". The application for this contest is also below for you to print.
Hopefully, we can get this information to the students ... as soon as possible. It takes time for the students to get their ideas together, and the Voice of Democracy essay requires them to record their essay on a flash drive.
New This Year
There will be separate judging for 3-D art this year, so every auxiliary can send ... a 2-D and a 3-D entry for judging. The National award is for the best promotion of the 3-D art contest. There is a form available at http://www.vfwauxiliary.org/resources to complete. ... The 3-D part of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest is really being stressed this year. There is also an additional escrow fund set up for the 3-D program. The form must be returned to me by March 31, 2023.
Applications for the Continuing Education Scholarship and the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest are listed below for you to print.
Our National President's theme is "Hands that Serve, Hearts that Care". This program is geared to students in school, but taking the time to work this program shows we care and serve our communities.
VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship
Note:The Continuing Education Scholarship is only an Auxiliary-sponsored scholarship. The application form is due to National by February 15, 2023.
The VFW Auxiliary is pleased to present scholarships to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at a vocational/technical school. Access the entry form here: https://vfwauxiliaryil.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/FILLABLE_Continuing-Education-Scholarship-Application.pdf
Patriotic Art Scholarship
This is a scholarship contest that recognizes up-and-coming artists and encourages patriotism in youth. Access the entry form here:https://vfwauxiliaryil.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/FILLABLE_VFW-Auxiliary-Patriotic-Art-Brochure-and-Application.pdf
Patriotic Written Essay Competition
2022-2023 Theme "My Pledge to Our Veterans." Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2022 PConducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. Make sure that [essays are] submitted to the VFW Post (VFW Post 3513 c/o Carol Allen: Address: 7220 E Wilshire Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 Questions? email@example.com.) before the contest deadline of Oct. 31, 2022. Access the entry form here: https://vfwauxiliaryil.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Patriots-Pen-Entry-Form-Fillable.pdf
Voice Of Democracy Program
What is the Voice of Democracy Program? Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 80,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year's theme is, "Why Is The Veteran Important?" Why Should I Enter? Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $156,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000. Access the entry form here: https://vfwauxiliaryil.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Voice-of-Democracy-Entry-Form-Fillable.pdf
For More Information: https://vfwauxiliaryil.org › scholarship-2
Editor's Note: We thank Laurie Sparwasser for this valuable information and hope that you will be sure to share it with any eligible students you know. I have added some local information in case you need it: (VFW Post 3513 c/o Carol Allen: Address: 7220 E Wilshire Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.) Thank you.