VFW hosting Voice of Democracy,Patriot's Pen scholarship programs
by Elane Jones
Oct 22, 2012 | 1561 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Marvin Lee Ferguson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4850 in Jasper is offering local middle and high school students the opportunity to get a head start on their future through the national VFW scholarship programs, the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy.

“These scholarship programs not only allow the students to express their views on democracy, but it helps them improve their writing skills or public speaking skills and allows them to compete for worthwhile awards and prizes,” said Paulette Murray of the VFW Post 4850 Ladies Auxiliary. “We’re encouraging students from all around our county to submit an entry for either scholarship program. The deadline is Nov. 1.”

The programs are open to all students in Walker County who are enrolled in either public, private or parochial schools or home-schooled.

Students can ask their teacher or youth group leader to contact a member of the VFW Post 4850 or its Ladies Auxiliary for an entry form.

“We also have information and entry forms at several area businesses, including Jean’s on River Road in Cordova, the Frosty on U.S. Hwy. 78 East near the River Bridge, Just Hair in Jasper, L.A. Nails in Jasper, and Lee’s in Sumiton,” Murray said. “We’re hoping parents will see the information and encourage their children to participate in this wonderful opportunity.”

Students in the 6-8 grade interested in entering the 2012 Patriot’s Pen Contest will need to draft an essay while considering the theme, “What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers.”

The essays can be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words. The essays should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than midnight, Nov. 1.

The student will be judged on knowledge of the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas. The top national award is worth $5,000 in scholarships.

Students in the 9-12 grade interested in entering the 2012 Voice of Democracy Competition will need to record a speech while considering the theme “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?”

The speech can only be three to five minutes in length and must be recorded on either cassette or audio CD.

The speech should then be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Voice of Democracy entry form no later than midnight on Nov. 1.

The students will be judged on originality, which is worth 30 points; content, which is worth 35 points; and delivery, which is worth 35 points. The top national award is worth $30,000 in scholarships.

For more information about these and other scholarship programs offered by the National VFW, contact Murray at 902-9195 or email pmurray1994@aol.com.