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The Shawnee News-Star
  • VFW scholarships

  • Applicants sought for essay contests.
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  • Patriots Pen is open to 6-8 grade students enrolled, private or parochial schools in the U. S.  Home schooled students also are eligible. This year’s Theme is “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
     
    All entries begin at Post level, Shawnee Post 1317. The only exception is where schools have a large number of students and wish to conduct their own competition, submitting 1 for each 15 students to the local VFW Post competition.
     
    Essay length is 300-400 typewritten words. Students must write their own essay.  All essays should be typewritten in English with no color or graphics and cannot be less 300 words or greater than 400 words in length.
     
    The essay title or added footnotes do not contribute to word count. The completed essay and entry form must be in the hands of the VFW Post Chairman by midnight Nov. 1, 2013. The entry form can be downloaded at www.vfw.org under scholarships are call 405-273-7098.
     
    The contest consists of four levels. The first level entry sponsored by local VF Post. Post winners advance to the VFW District level were first place winners advance from there to VFW Department State.
     
    The winner each of Department (state) then competes for the national prizes. At all levels there will be money awarded. The national prize is $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington D. C. for the winner and a parent.
     
    The Voice of Democracy is open to 9-12 grade students enrolled, private or parochial schools in the U. S.  Home schooled students also are eligible. This year’s Theme “Why I’m optimistic about our Nation’s Future.”
     
    Record the original 3-5 minute essay on a standard cassette tape or CD. One student per CD or cassette. Preferred format for CDs is the audio CD format
     
     Instructions are on the entry form that can be downloaded at www.vfw.org. Label the recording, neatly typed essay and attach completed entry form. Entry should be in Post by midnight Nov. 1, 2013.
     
    Money will be awarded at levels Post, District, and State. National prize is $30,000 and a trip to Washington D C.
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