Patriot Penn: This year's theme is What Is Patriotism to Me.

Each year more than 138,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s  Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

 

Students draft a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on the patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply?

 

Only students in the Bloomingdale VFW Post 7539 area may apply.

 

 Read the rules and eligibility requirements,

https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Patriots-Pen-Rules-and-Eligibility.pdf?la=en&v=1&d=20190903T205750Z

 

Student entries must be submitted to:

 

VFW Post 7539 101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108-
1537  by midnight, Oct. 31. 

 

Applications for the 2020-21 contest will be available soon, so please check back next month for more information.

 

 

Voice of Democracy: This year's theme is Is This The Country The Founders Envisioned?

 The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, more than 51,000

9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

 

The National first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

 

A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply?

 

Only students in the Bloomingdale VFW Post 7539 area may apply.

 

Read  the rules and eligibility requirements,

https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Rules-and-Eligibility.pdf?la=en&v=1&d=20190903T205316Z

 

Student entries must be submitted to:

 

VFW Post 7539 101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108-
1537  by midnight, Oct. 31

 

Applications for the 2020-21 contest will be available soon, so please check back next month for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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