Voice of Democracy (9th-12th Grade)

2016-2017 Theme:  My Responsibility to America


Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFWs Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.


Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.


The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American University, College or Vocational/Technical School.  Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  For more information go to www.vfw.org


Patriot's Pen Written Essay (6th-8th Grade)

2016-2017 Theme:  The America I Believe In


VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism.  That's why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation's history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot's Pen youth essay-writing contest.


Annually, roughly 112,000 students from grades 6-8 enter to win up to $5,000 nationally, as well as an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National first place winner.


Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an -- always patriotic -- annual them chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.  For more information go to www.vfw.org


Young American Creative Patriotic Art (9th-12th Grade)


Students must be in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.  Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.  Homeschooled children are eligible, foreign students are not.  Student deadline is March 31.  Participants must submit entries to the VFW Auxiliary Youth Activities Chairman for judging.


Art must be on paper or canvas.  Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempura, crayon, acrylic, pen and ink or oil may be used.  Request or print the brochure for further instructions and rules.  For more information go to www.vfwauxiliary.org


VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship


The VFW Auxiliary is pleased to present scholarships to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at technical school.  The spouse, daughter and son of a member are also eligible to apply.


One Scholarship will be presented each year to a selected candidate in each of the four VFW Auxiliary Conferences.  Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.  Qualifying member must have been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one year prior to application.  Previous national winners are not eligible.


Applications and instructions can be found on the VFW auxiliary website.  www.vfwauxiliary.org


The awards given for all contests at the Livingston-Delhi Post and Auxiliary level are as follows:  First Place, $100.00 and a Certificate.  Second Place $75.00 and a Certificate.  Third Place, $50.00 and a Certificate.  All other entries will receive a Certificate of Participation

For information on the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay, the Patriot's Pen Essay and the Young American Patriotic Art contests and where to submit your entry, please call Denis Wells at 209-852-9068 or 209-628-9196 or by email on our Contact Us page.  Information and applications can also be obtained at www.vfw.org or www.vfwauxiliary.org

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