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VFW kicks off youth scholarship, teacher recognition programs

September 4, 2018

Commander Don Byrne of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 9182 has announced the kick-off of this year’s Youth Scholarships and Teacher Recognition.

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship provides local high school students the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C. Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by Oct. 31. This year’s theme is “Why My Vote Matters.” Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the district level with the winner advancing to the state competition and that winner to national where first place is a $30,000 scholarship.

The Patriot’s Pen competition invites middle school students in grades 6-8 to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards. Students are encouraged to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed typed essay and present it along with a completed entry form to their local VFW Post by Oct. 31. This year’s theme is “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the district level with the winner advancing to the state competition and that winner to national where first place is a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is open to any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $29,500. Participants must submit entries to a local VFW Auxiliary by March 31, 2019.

The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Teachers of grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 can be nominated by fellow teachers, students, supervisors or other interested individuals. The three winning teachers receive $1,000 for their professional development, $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to the VFW’s National Convention in July. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism, and strive to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs are prime candidates for the award. Nominations are due to your local VFW Post by Oct. 31. First-place post winners advance to district, with winners to state than winners on to national.

Visit www.vfw9182.com for details and forms.

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