QUINCY -- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5129 is accepting entries for the 2017-2018 VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen scholarship competitions. The deadline for student entries in both contests is Oct. 31.
The VFW's scholarship competitions are dedicated to promoting patriotism among America's youth. Students are asked to submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject that encourages them to consider how democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives. Each year the VFW awards more than $3 million in scholarships to middle and high school students who participate in the two competitions.
This year's Voice of Democracy theme asks students, "American History: Our Hope for the Future." The Voice of Democracy scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9 through 12. All judging is based on the recorded audio-essay. The national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship. Prizes also are awarded at post, district and department level.
The Patriot's Pen competition is open to students in grades 6 through 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. Prizes are awarded at all levels of competition.
Students should submit their entry, along with a completed entry form, to their participating local VFW Post.
Information and entry forms are available at vfw.org. For questions or assistance contact Illinois VFW Headquarters at vfwil@?vfwil.org.