Special to the News-Standard
TRINITY —Commander Dan Murphy of the VFW Post 6899 and Auxiliary announces the start of this year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship programs.
One of the VFW objectives is to help the young people in Trinity County meet their educational goals. Students in our local area schools — Trinity, Groveton, Centerville, Apple Springs and home-schooled — students can compete in the “Voice of Democracy” and “Patriot’s Pen Essay” contests and win thousands of dollars.
Scholarship money is awarded at four different levels: the local, district, state and national.
- The 2021-2022 theme is “How can I be a good American?” for the Patriot’s Pen Essay (Grades 6 – 8). The theme for the “Voice of Democracy” (Grades 9 – 12) is “America: Where do we go from here?”
For the VOD, the students compete by writing and then recording a 3-5-minute audio/essay expressing their views of this year’s theme.
Local, district, state and national scholarships are available, with the largest being $30,000. Locally, we award three scholarships of $300, $200 and $100. Deadline for students is Oct. 31.
- In the “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest, students in grades 6 through 8 compete by writing a 300-400-word essay on this year’s theme.
Local, district, state and national scholarships are available – the largest being $5,000. Locally, we award scholarships $200, $150 and $100 awards. Deadline for students is Oct. 31.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship programs are designed to encourage and recognize the leadership skills of our students in Trinity County and to provide them with financial support in their continuing educations studies.
Details, forms and applications on all our scholarships can be found at VFW.ORG at website https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships.
Also, students can contact their school counselor or VFW Post 6899 at 594-9467 for details and entry forms.