VFW Auxiliary announces its annual scholarship contests

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 14:50
  • The Eagle River VFW Post 9785 marks Flag Day this past June 14. The VFW Auxiallry has opened its annual scholarship contests and several awards are available worth thousands of dollars. Photo Courtesy VFW Post 9785

Eagle River VFW Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9785 is excited to announce the kick-off of the annual Scholarship Contests with local awards and national awards available. The first deadlines are coming up on Nov. 1, 2016.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest*

Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships. State first-place winners compete for their share of $21,000 in national awards, and the national first place winner is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Student entries must be submitted to Eagle River VFW Auxiliary 9785 by March 31, 2017.

Voice of Democracy Contest*

The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Nov. 1, 2016, deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions. Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., Feb. 25-March 1, 2017, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its VFW Auxiliary and receive their portion of $153,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000. Student entries must be submitted to Eagle River VFW Auxiliary 9785 by Nov. 1, 2016.

Patriot’s Pen*

Patriot’s Pen is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students enrolled by the Nov. 1 deadline in public, private or parochial schools in the U.S., its territories or its possessions. Home-schooled students also are eligible. National awards total: $54,500 Prizes include the various amounts listed below: 1st: $5,000 7th: $1,750 2nd: $4,000 8-9th: $1,500 3rd: $3,500 10-11th: $1,250 4th: $2,750 12-22nd: $1,000 5th: $2,500 23-24th: $750 6th: $2,000 25-54th: $500. Student entries must be submitted to Eagle River VFW Auxiliary 9785 by Nov. 1, 2016.

Vicki Webb-Nelson Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship of $1,000 is available to a resident of the State of Alaska, enrolled as a senior or high school senior graduate of a State of Alaska Certified High School Program or with the equivalent of college entrance requirement. Local Eagle River Post deadline is Feb. 15, 2017. For application contact by email: [email protected]

Joan Katkus Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship of $2,000 is available to a State of Alaska veteran’s child, high School age or above. Local Eagle River Post deadline: Feb. 15, 2017. For application contact by email: [email protected]

Continuing Education Scholarship*

The VFW Auxiliary is pleased to present scholarships to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at a vocational/technical school. ONLY the spouse, son and daughter of a member are also eligible to apply.

*Complete scholarship contest description and entry forms available online at: www.vfwauxiliary.org

For more information:

Contact Kelly Heavner Scholarship Chairman, Email: [email protected], Phone: 907-231-7403; or  Sherie Crosby, Vicki Webb-Nelson/Joan Katus Memorial Scholarship Chairman,  Email: [email protected]. Phone: 907-301-9157.

ABOUT THE VFW AUXILIARY: Established 1914, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform. The VFW Auxiliary is one of the nation’s oldest veterans’ service organizations and our members are the relatives of those who have served in overseas combat. We have nearly 470,000 members nationwide who volunteer millions of hours and fundraise millions of dollars for charitable projects that benefit veterans, military service personnel, and their families.


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