Commander Gary Sheehan of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 6963 has announced the kick-off of the 67th year of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Competition.
Local high school students have the opportunity to complete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C. Local junior high students and students in grades three through five also have the opportunity to complete locally for monetary prizes.
Students begin by competing at the local post level with a deadline of Nov. 1.
Post winners advance to District and then the first place District winner advances to the state competition. All state Voice of Democracy (VOD) winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C.
A total of $152,000 is awarded to VOD national winners. First place is $30,000. Annually, the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. Each year, around 50,000 students participate in the competition.
For the Voice of Democracy competition, students in high school must write and record a tree-to-five minute essay on this theme for 2013-2014, "Why am I optimistic about our Nationâ€™s future." on an audio cassette tape or audio CD and present their recording, typed essay, and entry form at their local VFW Post.
For the Patriot's Pen competition, students in junior high school must write an essay on this theme for 2013-2014, "What Patriotism means to me." and turn in entry form with essay at the local VFW Post.
For the State Youth Essay competition, students in grades three through five must write an essay on this theme for 2013-2014, "My American Hero isâ€¦â€ť in an Entry forms with essay need to be turned in at the local VFW Post.
VFW is also hosting the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
VFW wants to identify and recognize America's best educators who instill a sense of national pride in students. Awards include cash, commemorative plaques and paid trips to the national conference.
The local post will award a teacher in each grade level: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A student, parent, or co-worker may nominate a local teacher by writing an essay and turn in entry form with essay at the local VFW Post.
Interested students and teachers should contact the Scholarship Programs Chairman at VFW Post No. 6963 by phone at (509) 675-5433 or write to the Post at Erin GrommĂ©, Chairman, 955 North Main Street Apt. No. 9, Colville, WA 99114 for more information.