ST. JOHN | VFW Post 717 and its Ladies Auxiliary are announcing two scholarship opportunities - one for high school students and the other for middle school students.
A high school essay contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 and a middle school essay contest is open to all students in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in private or parochial high school or a home study program in the U.S., its territories and possessions, and overseas military/civilian dependent schools.
The deadline for submitting to both contests is Oct. 31.
“The Voice of Democracy” high school contest calls for patriotic audio essays on this year’s theme, “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.”
To enter, students in grades 9 to 12 should record an original, 3- to 5-minute on a standard cassette tape or CD. When burning the CD, make sure the “Create Audio CD” option or similar is selected so the program can properly convert the sound file, and burn it to the CD.
In addition, a neatly typewritten copy of the essay should accompany the audio version. Additional information can be found at www.vfw.org, click on "community," then "programs."
The middle school essay contest is the “Patriot’s Pen,” open to students in grades 6-8. This year’s theme is “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
Essay should be between 300 and 400 typewritten words and must not contain any graphics. Every word is counted, regardless of length, except for the title and any footnotes.
Entries should be sent to: VFW Post 717, 10400 W. 93rd Ave., St. John, IN 46207, ATTN: Rose Keilman, before Oct. 31.
Any questions regarding either program should be directed to Rose Keilman at (219) 365-5274.