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VFW scholarships, awards up for grabs

10/25/2013, 6 a.m.

DeKalb middle and high school students and their teachers can compete for $5,000 to $30,000 in VFW awards and scholarships.

Cmdr. Harold Roberts of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4706 in Decatur said the deadline for essay entries and nominations is Nov. 1. Local post winners advance to district, and district winners vie in the state competition.

The Ladies Auxiliary’s “Patriots Pen Essay Competition” is open to students in grades 6-8. Middle schoolers write a 300- to 400-word essay on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”

About 125,000 students nationwide participate in the contest, which is in its 19th year. State winners compete for $46,000 in awards.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

High school students can compete for up to $30,000 in scholarships and a trip to the nation’s capital in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.

Participants must write and record on an audiocassette tape or audio CD a three- to five-minute essay on “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.” Entries must be in their own words.

All state winners receive a four-day trip to Washington. A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists.

Award honors outstanding teachers

Elementary, middle and high school teachers can nominate their colleagues for the 15th annual “Smart/Maher VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award” contest.

The winner gets $1,000 for their professional development, and $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to the VFW’s national convention in July.

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1.

For more information, contact the Citizenship Education chairman at Post 4706, write to Iris Everette, 5362 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035 or call 678-696-1750.