VFW announces themes for annual essay contests
The Kansas VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen programs have kicked off this fall, offering middle school and high school students the opportunity to win scholarships or money for winning entries.
The 65th annual Voice of Democracy Program competition, sponsored by the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary, is a script writing contest, calling for high school students to share their opinion on a patriotic theme. This year’s program theme will be “Is our constitution still relevant?”
The Department of Kansas program will have scholarships and other awards totaling $3,165. First place is $1,000 and paid trips to Washington, D.C., and Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge. Second place is $600, and third place is $400. VFW national scholarships will also be awarded, with a first place scholarship of $30,000.
All students in grades nine through 12, at public, parochial, private or home-study programs, are eligible to participate.
The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary’s Patriot’s Pen Program is an essay contest for middle school students. Competing for U.S. savings bonds, writers will answer, “What would I tell America’s Founding Fathers?”
All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in public, parochial, private or home schools can enter.
National prizes totaling $53,000 will be awarded with a first place prize of $5,000 to use toward a U.S. savings bond of $10,000.
Students write an essay of 300-400 words and submit the typed essay to the local VFW Post.
The deadline for both programs is Nov. 1. For more information, contact the Basehor VFW post at 913-724-3481.