Chris Breyne

42W 640 Star Lane
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

P: 630-885-1684

E: ChrisBreyne@att.net

 

“Making Life Bearable for our Veterans”


There are 4 scholarships in this program

(Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, Continuing Education, Young American Creative Patriotic Art)

2 of these programs are specific to the VFW Auxiliary

(Continuing Education and Young American Patriotic Art)

 

We encourage our students to express their Americanism and Patriotism thoughts through our Scholarships programs. By doing our scholarships they show support for our country and are able to earn money for their further education. They are able to show in their own words or in their art work.

By promoting the programs in your community by articles in the newspaper, you also increase awareness of the VFW and its Auxiliaries and all they do for the community. By using social networks such as Facebook and by putting in your newsletters to all members helps with participation in the programs. Visit schools and hand out the applications to guidance workers because they are there to help with college scholarships and teachers also. Grandparents may have grandchildren that may be interested in these programs. Everyone knows one or more that could be entitled to submit an entry!

Give the students time to collect their thoughts about the programs and by getting it out ASAP!

Continuing Educations Scholarship is only for auxiliary members, their spouse and children  living at home.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

The applications for this scholarship are due to National by February 15, 2021. It is only opened to any auxiliary member (who has been a member for at least one year, their spouse son or daughter) with a financial need. This scholarship is NOT for the community. It would be a great idea to seek out members who might qualify and send out application to them.

The applicant must be at least 18 years of age. The application requires an essay of 300 words or less included with it and must be mailed to:

Programs Administrator

VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters

406 W. 34th Street, 10th Floor

Kansas City, MO 64111

Or email it to info@vfwauxiliary.org

At each of the four Conferences an award of $1,000 awarded to an applicant. Applications are available from Department Scholarships Chairman or at www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.

 

YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE

PATRIOTIC ART

This is open to all students in grades 9-12, including home schooled students. The student cannot be older than 18 years old at time of the entry and must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. National.

This contest now accepts two dimensional and three-dimensional art. Rules are as follows:

Two-dimensional art:

  • Must be on canvas or paper.
  • May use watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media
  • Do not frame two dimensional pieces.
  • Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board.
  • Other entries must be matted in white.
  • Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper.
  • Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
  • The art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24”, not including the mat.

Three-dimensional art:

  • Can be paper, papier-mache, pottery, clay, metal work, etc.
  • Pieces should be no smaller than 8” in any direction and no larger than 24” in any
  • Art cannot be more than 5 pounds in weight.

Digital art, photography and jewelry will not be accepted.

 

Deadlines:

Entries need to be received by:

The local auxiliary – March 31

Department – April 15

National Headquarters – May 5

National Scholarship Awards:

First place – $15,000

Second place – $7,500

Third place – $3,500

Fourth place – $1,500

Fifth through Eighth place – $500

National is wanting to increase the awards for the Young American Creative Patriotic Art. Any donation would be added to the Patriotic Art Escrow Fund. National would like to increase the number of awards and the dollar amount of the awards. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check earmarked for Patriotic Art to:

VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters

Attn: Patriotic Art Fund

406 W. 34th Street, 10th Floor

Kansas City, MO 64111

 

 

YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST

National Awards for Auxiliaries

  1. Most outstanding promotion of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
  • Citation to every Auxiliary that promotes the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Form required and available at vfwauxiliary.org/resources (form available after July 1st). Auxiliaries are to send the completed form to Department Chairman by March 31, 2021. Department Chairman are to send forms to National Headquarters by April 30, 2021. Citations will be mailed directly to Auxiliaries.
  • Citation and $50 to one Auxiliary in the nation for the most outstanding promotion of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Winning entry will be announced at the 2021 National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

 

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

This scholarship is for all students in grades 9-12, including home schooled students. The student must be a resident of the state in which the entry is entered. One department winner goes onto the VFW National Headquarters.

The 2020-2021 Theme is “Is This The Country The Founders Envisioned?

Deadlines:

Entries to be received by:

Local VFW Post – Midnight October 31st

Post Judging completed and sent to District – November 15

Department Judging completed – January 10

Department Winner to VFW National Headquarters – January 15 

 

VFW Department Awards:

The Department Awards range from $300 to $2500.

 

National Awards:

First place – $30,000 scholarship

Second place – $16,000 scholarship

Third place – $10,000 scholarship

Fourth through 36th place – $7,000 to $1,500 scholarship

37th through 54th place – $1,000 scholarship

 

Judging is based on:

Originality – 30 points

Content – 35 points

Delivery – 35 points

All department winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where their essays will be judged in the final competition.

The application can be found at www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education or www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships. Applications will also be available at our Council of Administration meetings and at Convention.

 

 

PATRIOT’S PEN

This scholarship is for students in grades 6-8, including home schooled students. Students must be a resident of the state in which the entry is entered. One Department winner will be forwarded to VFW National Headquarters.

The 2020-2021 Theme is “What Is Patriotism To Me?”

 

Deadlines:

Entries to be received by:
Local VFW Post – Midnight October 31st

Post Judging completed and sent to District – November 15

Department Judging completed – January 10

Department Winner to VFW National Headquarters – January 15

 

VFW Department Awards:

First place – $1,000

Second place – $500

Third place – $250

 

National Awards:

First place – $5,000

Second place – $4,000

Third place – $3,500

Fourth through 54th place – $2,750 to $500

 

Judging is based on:

Knowledge of the Theme – 30 points

Theme Development – 35 points

Clarity of ideas – 35 points

 

The application can be found at www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education or www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships. Applications will also be available at our Council of Administration meetings and at Convention.

There are several organizations where students can be contacted to discuss these scholarships such as:

  • Schools and JROTC Units.
  • Church and/or youth groups.
  • Youth-focused associations.
  • Youth sports teams.
  • Financial Aid offices.
  • Student veteran centers.

Except for the Continuing Scholarship, please recognize your local winners. This can be done with money, a gift, a certificate, hosting an award ceremony, putting the winner’s names and pictures (with their permission) in the local newspaper. The award can be done at your Post or at a school assembly. There are also sample press releases available online at www.vfwauxiliary.org/resources.

Remember teachers and parents may be recognized also. They are often an integral part of the process for these students.

Our Department President Linda Armstrong’s theme this year is “Making Life Bearable for our Veterans”. Hopefully getting students interested and participating in these scholarships and getting the word out in the communities about the scholarship opportunities will show students and our communities how important our veterans are and show that we do all we can for them and their families.

How to be reported in Scholarships

All parts of this program can be reported before entries are received if you:

  • Read about all parts of the program in your meetings
  • Put information out in the community and/or take the information to the
  • schools
  • Hand out copies of the applications to your members and/or eligible students
  • Sending out copies of all applications to your members via a newsletter

Please remember to report even if you do not receive any entries. Just getting the information out there to your members and students can be reported and reported as soon as you do it.

The Continuing Education Scholarship is only for your members and their immediate family. This scholarship opportunity needs to get to all your members. Even older members may be interested in going back to college, but maybe cannot afford it and could really use this scholarship.

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

Auxiliary Awards

  1. A citation to each Auxiliary that participates in all four parts of this program by December 31, 2020.
  2. An Award and citation to the Auxiliary Chairman with the best promotion of all four parts of the Scholarship program. Reports must be received by the Department Chairman within 30 days of the report and must include all four parts of the program.
  3. An Award and citation to the Auxiliary Chairman with the best promotion of the Young American Patriotic Art. Report must be received by the Department Chairman within 30 days of the promotion.
  4. An Award and citation to the Auxiliary Chairman with the best promotion of the Continuing Education Scholarship. Report must be received by the Department Chairman within 30 days of the promotion.

District Awards

  1. A citation to the District Chairman if all Auxiliaries in their District are reported in this program by December 31, 2020.
  2. A citation to the District Chairman if Auxiliaries in their District are reported in all four parts of the program by December 31, 2020.
  3. An award and citation to the District Chairman with the best promotion of the Continuing Education program. Report must be received by the Department Chairman within 30 days of the promotion.
  4. An award and citation to the District Chairman with the best promotion of the Scholarship Program in their District meetings. Copies of the reports must be received by the Department Chairman within 30 days of the meeting.
  5. An award and citation to the District Chairman with the best idea for raising money for the Patriotic Art Escrow Fund. The report must be received by the Department Chairman by March 15, 2021.

RESOURCES

We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen’s Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe

2020-2021 Department Scholarships Program

2020-2021 Department Scholarship Report (Click here for Online Report)

2020-2021  National Scholarship Program

2020-2021 National Scholarship Ambassador

Continuing Education

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy

Patriot’s Pen

Voice of Democracy

 

BULLETINS

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