3409 Ahne Road
Waterloo, IL. 62298
For those of you that do not know me, my name is Laurie Sparwasser. I am very excited to do the Scholarship Program again this year for President Lynn’s “Be a Warrior” year. I really love this program of the VFW Auxiliary as I enjoy working with our students in the community. This program shows us how the young people view Americanism and Patriotism with these scholarships. It is a way for them to reveal their views on these attributes to this great country.
The programs for the Scholarship program are the same as in the past – Continuing Education, the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest, Voice of Democracy, and Patriot’s Pen. The deadlines for each program are the same as before.
The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests are due first – October 31, 2023 to your Post.
The 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy theme is: What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy.
The Patriot’s Pen essay contest 2023-2024 theme is: “How Are You Inspired by America”. A copy of the applications will be listed below for you to print and hand out to students.
Hopefully, we can ALL get into the schools this fall and get this information to the students. We need to get the information there as soon as possible. It takes time for the students to get their ideas together and the Voice of Democracy essay requires them to say their essay on a flash drive.
The Continuing Education Scholarship is ONLY for your Auxiliary members, who have been a member for at least one year. The application form is due to National by February 15, 2024, so do not wait to get the applications out to your members. There is something NEW in this program this year. Applicants must be age 21 by February 15, 2024 and the amount of the Scholarship is now $1,250. There is one winner in each of the 4 conferences. Adding a copy of the application to any newsletter you send out can help get this information to your members. Information about the scholarship can be put on social media that only your members can access also.
National Scholarship Report 23-24