CUMMING, Ga. — Commander David Hopkins of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 9143 recently announced the kick-off of the annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition and the Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition.
Local middle school and high school students have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards and a trip to Washington, D.C.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the 2017-2018 competition is “America’s Gift to My Generation.”
For the Voice of Democracy competition, students must write and record a three to five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post by October 31. The 2017-18 theme selected is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”
Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.
State first place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C for the Patriot’s Pen competition.
For the Voice of Democracy competition, all state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C., and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.
Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars awards more than $2.1 million in educational scholarships every year.
Students interested in the contests should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.