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Scouts in grades 6-12 have opportunities to participate in writing contests sponsored by the Veteran’s of Foreign WarsExternal Link.  There are three different opportunities for scouts.  The first is the youth essay contest for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  The second is the voice of democracy for students in grades 9-12.  The third one is for Eagle scouts age 15 through high school.

 

 

 

Youth Essay Contest

Patriot's Pen

2009-2010 Theme
"When is the Right Time to Honor Our Military Heroes?"
Entry Deadline
Nov. 1, 2009

Patriot's Pen, a youth-essay writing contest is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades 6,7 and 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Annually, more than 115,000 students participate in the contest.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2009-2010External Link. The Patriot's Pen program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to express their opinions based on an annual theme.

 

Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. The top national winners each receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

For more information contact VFW National Headquarters or your local VFW PostExternal Link.

Student Information:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form, along with their essay, to a local VFW Post. To find a post in your area, click hereExternal Link or look in the white pages of your local phone directory. If you can't find a local VFW Post contact VFW State HeadquartersExternal Link.

You may also call the VFW National Programs office during normal business hours at 816-968-1117. Mail entry form and essay to the local VFW post. Further directions are listed on the entry form.

 

 

 

Voice of Democracy Contest

 

Voice of Democracy    Click HERE to view the VFW Voice of Democracy pageExternal Link

2009-2010 Theme
"Does America Still Have Heroes?"
Entry Deadline
Nov. 1, 2009

Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 6-10, 2010, sponsored by TargetExternal Link.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2009-2010External Link. The Voice of Democracy program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute essay based on an annual theme.

 

How to Enter:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form (click on the link in the gray bar on the right), along with their essay and recording to a local VFW Post. To find a post in your area, click hereExternal Link or look in the white pages of your local phone directory. You may also call the VFW National Programs office during normal business hours at 816-968-1117. Mail entry form and audio essay to the local VFW post. Further directions are listed on the entry form.

For more information or questions, contact VFW National Headquarters or VFW State HeadquartersExternal Link if you can't find a local VFW Post.

*Historically, the theme (annually chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation to encourage originality. Since the VFW is a patriotic organization, the annual theme always will be related to patriotism.

 

  

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship

 

HOW TO ENTER:  Click HERE to view the VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship page
External Link
Deadlines:
Submit entry to local VFW Post: March 1, 2010
Posts submit local winner to VFW Department: April 1, 2010
Department nominees to VFW National: May 1, 2010

The VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship program provides a $5,000 award to an outstanding scout who is the recipient of a Boy Scout Eagle Award, a Venture Scouting Silver Award or a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. Second-place winner receives a $3,000 award. Third-place winner receives $1,000.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

·  Be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship;

·  Has received the Eagle Scout Award, Venture Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award;

·  Has demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community;

·  Has reached his/her 15th birthday and is enrolled in high school at the time of selection; and

·  Has submitted his/her completed entry by March 1, 2010, to a VFW Post in his/her community.
Click here to find a VFW post in your areaExternal Link.

Note: All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified. A scout only can enter through ONE VFW Post.

To enter, download and complete the VFW Scouting Scholarship form and submit to a local VFW post by March 1, 2010.

For more information on the scouting award, please contact Bud Haney, assistant director, VFW Programs, at bhaney@vfw.org or call (816) 756-3390, Ext. 195.

Mailing address:
VFW Programs
VFW National Headquarters
406 West 34th St.
Kansas City, MO 64111


Please note that forms are also available at the Pony Express Council office.


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