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Scholarship Chairman Manual
Patriotic Art poster 8.5x11
Patriotic Art poster 11x14
Patriotic Art application
Patriot's Pen application
Voice of Democracy application
Continuning Education application
Junior Girls Scholarship

Scholarships
Benita Lyman
601-928-2316


as copied form the 2014-2015 program book: (a few additions)

Hello, my Sisters! With your VFW Chairman your year began earlier by contacting school officials, teachers and the PTO/PTA organizations in your area and asking to attend a meeting before school ended or at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year to promote these programs. Student applications can be ordered from the VFW store or downloaded using the links above. The VFW store also has promotionsal posters for these programs. A downloadable poster for Patriotic Art is linked above.

The theme for this year's Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay contest is "Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation''s History and Future" and is open to all students enrolled in public, private, parochial highschool or home schooled student in grades 9-12. Student muct be a resident of the State where the essay is entered.

The Patriot's Pen Essay contest for 204-2015 is "Why I appreciate America's Veterans". The essay is open to students in 6-8 grades and must onlye have 300-400 words in English. All words count, even single letter words, and a completed entry form MUST be attached to their essay.

Continuning Education Scholarship
Open to any Ladies Auxiliary member (who has belonged for at least a year), her spouce, son or daughter with financial need. Entrant must be at least 18 years old, complete the application and submit an essay of 300 words or less. Application must be received at National Headquaters by Febuary 15, 2015 mail to: Director of Programs, Ladies Auxiliary VFW National Headquarters, 406 W 34th St. 10th floor, Kansas City, MO 64111.  $1,000 will be awarded to an applicant in wach of the four (4) conferences. Applications are avialble from Department Scholarship Chairman or via the link above.

Junior Girls Scholarship
Open to members of the Junior Girls Unit between the ages 13 and 16, who have been a member at least one year and held an office in her Junior Girls Unit. Applications and list of required information available from the Department Youth Activities Ambassador or by downloading the Junior Scholarship broucher above.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Open to all students, including home-schooled students, in grades 9-12. No digital art will be accepted and artwork muct be on canvas or paper. It will be judged on partriotic theme and techniqu. One Department winner will be forwarded to Ladies Auxiliary National Headquartes. Please see the student brochure for more details. Here are some helpful hints for your submission.

Check monthly bulletins for more detailed information on each $cholarship Program or contact me if you need more informaiton and materials.

Scholarships
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition in 1946. The Veterans of Foreign Wars became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. Many notables have participated in the Voice of Democracy including journalist Charles Kuralt, Miss America Anita Bryant and former U.S. Attorney
General John Ashcroft. The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record an audio essay on a patriotic theme, competing for more than $2 million in college scholarships and incentives. Each first place Department (state) winner is brought to Washington, D.C. in March to enjoy our nation’s capital and compete for $152,000 in national college scholarships
— first place receiving $30,000.
Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest
Patriot’s Pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards and prizes. Cumulatively, the awards provided from all levels of the competition are almost $1.2 million each year. Each first place Department (state) winner competes for $46,000 in award money at the national level with the first place winner receiving $5,000 and a trip to Washington, DC in March.
Continuing Education Scholarship
The Ladies Auxiliary VFW is pleased to present scholarships to assist members who  wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at technical school. ONLY the spouse, daughter, and son of a member are also eligible to apply. One scholarship will be presented each year to a selected candidate in each of the four Ladies Auxiliary VFW Conferences. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older. Qualifying member must have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for one year prior to application. Previous national
winners are not eligible.
Junior Girls Scholarships
Are you an outstanding Junior Girl? Have you served your Post, Ladies Auxiliary and community with excellence? Are your grades and school activities exemplary? Then you are a perfect candidate for the Junior Girls Scholarship. Make all your hard work count by applying for the Junior Girls Scholarship! Awarded to one outstanding Junior Girl, the $7,500 scholarship goes towards college education and will be held in escrow until she enrolls in college. Each Department Junior Girl winner will receive a $100 cash award. (The first‐place national winner will not receive this award in addition to her scholarship.)
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Students must be in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary. Home-schooled students are eligible; foreign-exchange students are not.
National winners of the past contests may not compete in future Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contests.

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
 $10,000 First Place
 $5,000 Second Place
 $2,500 Third Place
 $1,500 Fourth Place
 $500 Fifth – Eighth Place
Deadlines
Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay
"Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation''s History and Future"


1. Midnight, Nov 1, Entry to Post
2. Nov 15, Completion of Post judging
3. Dec 15, Completion of Dist. judging
4. Jan 10, Completion of Dept judging
5. Jan 15, District reports to Dept 
6. Jan 15, Dept winners to National
7. Jan 31, Dept reports to National
Patriot’s Pen
"Why I appreciate America's Veterans"
1. Midnight, Nov 1, Entry to Post
2. Nov 15, Completion of Post judging
3. Dec 15, Completion of Dist. judging
4. Jan 10, Completion of Dept judging
5. Jan 15, District reports to Dept 
6. Jan 15, Dept winners to National
7. Jan 31, Dept reports to National
Continuing Education Scholarship
Application must be received at National Headquaters by Febuary 15, 2015 mail to:
Director of Programs
Ladies Auxiliary VFW National  Headquarters
406 W 34th St. 10th floor
 ansas City, MO 64111
Junior Girls Scholarship
March 11 – Junior Girls submit entries to the Ladies
Auxiliary Chairman by this date.
March 25 – Department Scholarships Chairman should have one winner from each Unit by this date.
April 7 – One winner from each Department should beat National Headquarters by this date. 
(We recommend you send this certified.)
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
recieved by:
Ladies Auxiliary by March 31, 2015

Department by April 15, 2015

National by May 5, 2015