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By Carol L Allen
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Veterans Of Foreign Wars Offers Two Scholarships

Students Urged To Apply

 
Series: Veterans In The News | Story 49

September 1, 2023

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The VFW Auxiliary adds three opportunities to win.

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through 12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.3 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first-place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy entry form here: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

The 2023-24 theme is "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?".

Patriot's Pen

Each year, nearly 68,800 students in sixth through eighth grades enter the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2023-2024 entry form here: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

The 2023-24 theme is "How Are You Inspired by America?"

VFW Auxiliary Scholarships

Although the VFW Auxiliaries certainly support and assist with the VFW scholarships, there are three contests that they sponsor themselves: Continuing Education (for members and immediate relatives only), due to National Headquarters by Feb. 15, 2024, and two patriotic art scholarships, due by March 31, 2024.

Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary's Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. View the current National state winners or all the previous first-place national winners for Young American Creative Patriotic Art. This contest comprises only two-dimensional entries. The 3-Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest is exclusively for three-dimensional art pieces. Click here to see the current National state winners for this contest.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

• Students in grades 9-12 by the March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.

• Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence status (the application for which has not been denied) to become a U.S. citizen.

• Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older, GED and adult education students, or national winners of previous Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contests are ineligible.

What Is The Scholarship Amount?

• The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $37,000.

What Are The Scholarship Submission Requirements?

• Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used.

• Do not frame two-dimensional pieces.

• Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board. Other entries, if matted, 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 mat.

• Complete entry form and attach to back of entry: https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/

• Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (250 words or less).

What Are The Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

• March 31: Student Entry Deadline to VFW Auxiliary.*

• April 15: VFW Auxiliary winners due to Department (state) Scholarships Chairman for judging.*

• May 5: VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

3-Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest:

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

• Students in grades 9-12 by the March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.

• Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence status (the application for which has not been denied) to become a U.S. citizen.

• Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older, GED and adult education students are ineligible.

What Is The Scholarship Amount?

• The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $5,500.

What Are The Scholarship Submission Requirements?

• Three-dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc.

• Pieces should be no larger than 18" in any direction.

• Art cannot be more than 5 lbs. in weight.

• Complete entry form and submit with entry: https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/

• Submit a typed explanation of steps taken to create three-dimensional art/artists statement (total of 250 words or less).

What Are The Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

• March 31: Student Entry Deadline to VFW Auxiliary.*

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• April 15: VFW Auxiliary winners due to Department (state) Scholarships Chairman for judging.*

• May 5: VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

Digital art, photography, weapons, 3-D printed art and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED for either contest.

Editor's Note:

Interested entrants may contact the scholarship co-chairs at the Scottsdale VFW Post 3513: Marianne Hayes at rdhhayes@q.com or Carol Allen at editor@azbw.com. You can also call or visit the Post: (480) 941-984, 7220 E. Wilshire Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz.85257.

 

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