October 24, 2020

Shruthi Kumar, 2019 Voice of Democracy National Champion (Photo Credit: VFW)

The VFW’s annual competitions for students in grades 6-12 are underway, and the deadline to enter the two contests is fast approaching.  The deadline for each is midnight, October 31, 2020.  Entries must be submitted by the deadline to a local VFW post.

Each year the VFW sponsors two student competitions, Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy.

The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to students in grades 6-8.  Nationwide, over 150,000 students enter the contest, vying for the first place national prize of $5000.  For the contest, students are asked to write a 300-400 word essay on a theme selected by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.  This year’s theme is, “What is Patriotism to Me?”

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to students in grades 9-12.  Approximately 65,000 students enter annually, vying for their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives, and the grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.  For this competition, students are asked to record a 3-5 minute speech on a selected theme.  This years theme is, “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”

Students in the Pocatello/Chubbuck area who wish to enter the contest can call Grace Jacobson, Co-Chair of the contest program for local VFW Post 735, at (208) 339-4420 to make arrangements for her to receive your entry.  You can also call Co-Chair Kurt Camerud at (208) 705-3478.

To learn more about the competitions and to download a copy of the entry form and rules, visit:  https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

To learn more about the contest at local VFW Post 735 in Pocatello, visit:  https://post735vfw.org/upcoming/

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