VFW Post 3279 participates in the following scholarship programs.
Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest
Patriot‘s Pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards and prizes. Cumulatively, the awards provided from all levels of the competition approaches $1.2 million each year. Department (state) winners compete for $92,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds at the national level with the first place winner receiving a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond in Washington, D.C., in March each year.
The new theme for the Patriot’s Pen Essay is available in March. Entries are due to your local VFW, no later than November 1. Visit www.vfw.org to learn more.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition in 1946. The Veterans of Foreign Wars became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. Many notables have participated in the Voice of Democracy including journalist Charles Kuralt, Miss America Anita Bryant and former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record a broadcast script on a patriotic theme, competing for more than $2.1 million in college scholarships and incentives. Department (state) winners are brought to Washington, D.C., in March to enjoy our nation‘s capital and compete for $149,000 in scholarships.
The new theme for the Voice of Democracy is available in March. Entries are due to your local VFW, no later than November 1. Visit www.vfw.org to learn more.