VFW sponsors school essay competition

LAS CRUCES – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is sponsoring essay competitions for students in sixth grade and above, with the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in awards and scholarships and a trip to Washington D.C.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay is open to all students in ninth through 12th grades. Students will present an original, three-to-five minute audio-essay about this year’s theme: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Winning essays will be selected based on originality, content and delivery.

The national first-place winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $16,000, and the first-place winner from each state will be awarded a minimum of $1,000 in scholarships and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition is a national competition is open to all students in sixth through eighth grade. Students will write a 300- to 400-word essay on the theme “America’s Gift to My Generation. Winning essays will be selected based on knowledge of theme, theme development and clarity of ideas.

The first-place winner from each state will compete for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner will receive $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

All entries for both competitions must be submitted to the local VFW Post 6917 by Oct. 31. For more information visit: www.vfw.org/VOD or contact VFW Post 6917 by phone at: (575) 382-9703, or via email at: sraul7175@gmail.com.


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