Scholarship Competition

OLDHAM-CUMMINGS POST NO. 6441, WIMBERLEY, TEXAS IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR ITS 2016-17 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FOR GRADES 6 THRU 12

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) announces the 2016-17 program for Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. The announcement comes just weeks after students from across the globe took home their share of $3.3 million in VFW scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions.

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay 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 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 students to explain, “My Responsibility to America.” The Voice of Democracy scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. Post 6441 awards $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second, & $1,000 for third.  Post top essay go to District, State, & National with awards of $1,000, $4,000 & $30,000, respectively.

The Patriot’s Pen essay competition is open to students in grades 6-8. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, “The America I Believe In”.  Post 6441 awards $300 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third, & $50 for 4th thru 10th place.  Post top essay go to District and State receives saving bonds. The Post national winner will receive a $5,000 award.

Student participants are asked to submit their entry (along with a completed entry form) to VFW Post 6441 by November 1, 2016. Entry forms can be obtained through the Wimberley Independent School District or by contacting Post 6441 Program Chairman, Jack Tatum at 512-558-1156.  For more information go to http://www.vfw.org/Youth/ .

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