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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Brewster Post 672 is offering local students the chance to compete to win money for college through two national VFW scholarship programs.
Patriot's Pen is a written essay contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders where students can express their views on democracy. This year’s theme is “What I Would Tell
America’s Founding Fathers.” The Brewster VFW selects one winner for every 15 entries received, with each winner receiving a plaque and a check for $200.
Voice of Democracy is an audio essay contest for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders where students can voice their opinion in a 3 to 5 minute recorded essay. This year the theme is “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” The Brewster VFW selects one winner for every 15 entries received, with each winner receiving a plaque and a check for $500.
The top local winner from each program will have their entry submitted for another round of judging. If participants make it all the way to the national level, the first place prize for Patriot’s Pen is a $10,000 savings bond, and for Voice of Democracy is a $30,000 scholarship
paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.
The deadline for submissions for both programs is November 1, 2012. For additional info, go to www.vfw.org, click on community, then programs. You can also contact Brewster VFW member Steven Mattson at 845/629-6925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.