Patriotism scholarship entries due to VFW by Oct. 31

September 11, 2020

Scholarship Chair Barbara Trapp of  Greenwood Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 7478  announced that the 2020-21 brochures for the VFW Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition have arrived.

What is Patriotism to Me? is this year’s theme. The competition is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders enrolled in public, private, parochial or home schools.

An original essay written by the student, 300 to 400 typewritten words in length, may be submitted. The brochure will list all rules and specific information relating to the Patriot’s Pen Contest. All entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Saturday, Oct. 31.

Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or must have applied for permanent residence and not been denied, and must intend to become U.S. citizens at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

Brochures for the 2020-21 Veterans of Foreign Wars premier scholarship competition, the Voice of Democracy Program, also have arrived.

Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned? is this year’s theme. Students in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades in public, private, parochial or home high schools or home study programs may enter. Citizenship and eligibility of contestants are printed in the brochure along with all rules and regulations. Contestants must record their original 3- to 5-minute essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. Directions about the conversion process are found in the brochures. 

To obtain either contest guidelines brochure, contact Barbara Trapp at 302-337-7203, or the Greenwood Public Library, 302-349-5309. To obtain brochures from the VFW Auxiliary, contact Dr. Michaele S. Russell’s office at 302-349-4220.


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