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Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 accepting applications for Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions

September 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:11:38 -0400
From: Gregory Flood
Subject: VFW Youth Scholarships

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries into its 2017-18 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes after students from across the globe recently took home their share of more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions. We would appreciate your assistance in publicizing these programs in the Chatham County School System.

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth. Students are required to submit an oral or written essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.

This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks high school students to describe, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.†Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner is presented the $30,000, T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship award. More than 46,000 high school students competed in last year’s competition.

The Patriot’s Pen writing competition is open to students in grades 6-8. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, “America’s Gift to My Generation.†The national winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 122,000 middle and junior high school students competed in last year’s competition. Both national awards will be presented during the 2018 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in March.

Student participants are asked to submit their entry (along with a completed entry form) to their local participating VFW Post. The deadline for student entries in both contests is October 31, 2017.

Entries may be submitted to:

Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313
P.O. Box 1775
Pittsboro. North Carolina 27312

More information and entry forms can be found at VFW Youth Scholarships (https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships ).

Gregory C. Flood
Quartermaster/Adjutant
Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313

Tags: 27312 · Education · Pittsboro

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