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VFW youth scholarship deadline Oct. 31

October 18, 2023 - 00:00
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The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in future generation through various scholarship contests. 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. Deadlines for applying is Oct. 31.

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard 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 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 ranges from $1,000-$21,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. The 202324 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 nearly $1 million in state and national awards. Each firstplace 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 300-400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander- in-Chief. The 2023-24 theme is “How Are You Inspired by America?”

Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements. Applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31, to the local VFW, Grimes County VFW Post 4006.

For more information visit community/youth-and-education/ youth-scholarships or call Grimes County VFW Post 4006, 936-8253666.