Entries being accepted for VFW essay contest

October 5, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. remind students about the 2018-19 VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions.

The competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation for our great country and fostering patriotism among our nation’s youth.

Students are asked to submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject that prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.

This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks students to contemplate “Why My Vote Matters.” The competition is an audio essay open to students in grades nine through 12. The national winner will receive the $30,000 T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award.

The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to students in grades six through eight. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The national winner will receive a $5,000 award.

Student participants are asked to submit their entry, along with completed entry form, to their participating local VFW Post. The deadline for student entries in both contests is Oct. 31 to the local VFW Post.

There is also cash prized for the local post, district and state judging.

For more information or forms, contact Tom Arends at 308-631-1198. Forms are also available at the VFW Post from 8-10 a.m.

You can also go online to vfwne.org and find information on the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy programs.

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