Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2008

VFW essay contest offers scholarship

September 11, 2008

State commander Herb Schwartzkopf announced the start of this year's Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary "Patriot's Pen Program" competition. Middle School students have the opportunity to compete in the 13th annual essay program and win United States savings bonds as prizes.

The theme for this year's program is "Why America's Veterans Should Be Honored." In 2008, VFW National prizes will be awarded totaling $53,000 with a first-place U.S. savings bond of $10,000.

The Patriot's Pen Program is an essay competition that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in public, parochial, private or home schools can enter. Foreign exchange students and winners that have placed in the National finals are excluded from the contest. Students write an essay of 300-400 words. They submit the typewritten essay to the local VFW Post Chairman by Nov. 1.

In addition, the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced the "Voice of Democracy Program," an essay competition for high school students. This year's theme is "Service and Sacrifice by America's Veterans Benefits Today's Youth By ..." The contest is open to all high school freshmen through seniors. The Voice of Democracy is a script-writing program designed to give high school students the opportunity to voice their opinion on a patriotic theme and to express their thoughts to the American people.

For more information on both competitions, contact your local VFW Post or its Ladies Auxiliary or VFW State Headquarters at: VFW State Headquarters, P.O. Box 1008, Topeka, 66601-1008, or call (785) 272-6463.

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