Local high school student could win a trip to Washington D.C., $30,000 scholarship
Commander John Warren of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3839 in Jenkins announced the kick-off of the 67th year of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition where 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 with a deadline of Nov. 1. Post winners advance to district, and the first-place district winner advances to the state competition.
All state winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. 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 million in scholarships. Each year, around 40,000 students participate in the competition.
Students must write and record a three- to five-minute essay on this theme for 2014-15: “Why veterans are important to our nation’s history and future” on an audio cassette tape or audio CD and present their recording, typed essay and entry form at their local VFW Post.
Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post #3839 at 218-568-5556 or write to the post at 3341 Veterans St., Jenkins, MN 56472 for more information.
For details, visit www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy.