Hollis VFW kicks off student scholarship essay competitions

HOLLIS – The Hollis VFW Post 11373 again will be sponsoring the VFW national scholarship and essay competitions for middle and high school students.

The first competition is the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition. Students in grades 7-8 have the opportunity to compete for and win thousands of dollars in national awards.

The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in American society, by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for 2016-17 is "The America I Believe In."

Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to district competition, with district winners advancing to the state competition. State winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The submission deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1. Entry forms and information can be obtained at Hollis Brookline Middle School at the start of the school year.

The second competition is the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. The VFW established this competition more than 60 years ago. Local high school students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students must write and record a three- to five-minute essay on the theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW post by Nov. 1. The 2016-17 theme is " My Responsibility to America."

Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners compete at the district level, with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All state winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.

Entry forms and information can be obtained at Hollis Brookline High School at the start of the school year.

For more information about either program, call Andy Seremeth of the Hollis post at 880-8685.

Submitted by Hollis VFW Post 11373