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VFW, Auxiliary offer scholarships for students

Post 1676 VFW and the VFW Auxiliary announce the start of the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Scholarship competition.

The 2011-12 Patriots Pen theme is "Are you proud of your country." The contest is open to sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in public, private, parochial and home schools.

Essay length is 300-400 type-written words and students must write their own essay.

All entries must be submitted to the sponsoring post by Nov. 1, 2011.

Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to districts, then district winners advance to the state level. The national first place award is a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The Voice of Democracy 2011-12 theme is, "Is there pride in serving in our military?"

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to 9th-12th graders who are enrolled in public, private, parochial or home school.

Students should submit a 3-5 minute essay on a standard cassette tape or audio CD to the sponsoring post by Nov. 1, 2011.

The first place national award for the Voice of Democracy essay contest is a $30,000 scholarship.

Interested students and teachers should contact Post 1676 chairperson Leatrice Wirtz at 847-9617 for more information. Students do not need a school or teacher to sponsor them.