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Students may enter ‘Voice of Democracy’ and ‘Patriot’s Pen’ essay contests

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 4:17 pm

 The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs for Voice of Democracy audio essay contest and the Patriot’s Pen essay contest have begun at the local level in Fenton at VFW Post 3243 and its Ladies Auxiliary.

 This year’s theme is “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” Rules and the application are available at vfw.org. Students from ninth through 12th grade are eligible to enter, which includes home schooled, private, or parochial high school. Deadline to turn essay in to the Fenton VFW is Nov. 1.

 Patriot’s Pen is also conducted nationwide. This essay program is for students in sixth through eighth grade who attend public, private or parochial schools along with home-schooled students.

 The theme for the Patriot’s Pen is “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” Rules and the application are available at vfw.org. The deadline to submit essay to the Fenton VFW is Nov. 1.

 For further information, Bonnie Pray, scholarship chairperson for the Fenton VFW Post 3243 may be contacted at the Post at (810) 629-3700. The scholarship programs begin at the local post and Ladies Auxiliary, followed by District 10, the state of Michigan and lastly to the national level to compete with students from across the country.

 State winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders and be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. They will receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards with the top scholarship being $30,000.

 The first-place award is $10,000 plus an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

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