Commander Mick Hoover and Ladies Auxiliary President Susan DiDomenico of the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 26, serving Armstrong, Indiana, and Cambria counties, have announced the kickoff of this year’s Patriot’s Pen essay competition.
Middle school, home-schooled, and cyber students in grades 6 through 8 in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars.
Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to district competition, and district winners advance to the state competition. The state entrants compete for $46,000 in awards, with the winners collecting $5,000. Each year, approximately 125,000 students participate nationwide. Students are invited to write a 300- to 400-word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for 2013-14, the 19th year of the contest, is: “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
The deadline for student entries is Nov. 1. Interested students and teachers should contact the local VFW for an application or information or visit www.vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen/
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District Commander Mick Hoover and district President Susan DiDomenico of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 26 have announced the kickoff of the 67th year of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to district competition and then the district winners advance to the state competition. All state winners receive a four-day trip to Washington.
A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place is a $30,000 college scholarship.
Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. Each year, approximately 50,000 students participate in the competition.
Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on this theme for 2013- 14: “Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future” on an audio cassette tape or audio CD and present their recording, typed essay and entry form at their local VFW post.
The deadline for student entries is Nov. 1. Interested students and teachers should contact the local VFW for an application or information.
The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania
The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania offers 10 scholarships annually, each a minimum of $1,000, to deserving high school and college students who plan to further their education in horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, land management and/or allied subjects. Students must be Pennsylvania residents, but they may attend college out of state.
Judging is based on need, scholastic records, character, initiative and personal recommendations. Applications are reviewed and judged by the scholarship committee of The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania. Winners are announced at the annual state convention held in the spring of each year.
The deadline for application for state scholarships is Feb. 15. Additional information and scholarship applications can be downloaded from The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania website at www.pagardenclubs.org
A local garden club must sponsor applicants. Interested Indiana Garden Club applicants may contact Chris O’Hara, scholarship committee co-chairwoman, at (724) 349-4443.