Laurie Sparwasser, Chairman

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Hi!  My name is Laurie Sparwasser.  I am thrilled to do the Scholarship Program again this year for President Billie’s “Lighting the Way for our Veterans” year.

We have the same 4 programs but with a couple of “new” changes.

The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests are due first – October 31st to your Post.  The theme this year is the same for both – “What Makes America Great”.  A copy of the applications are in your President’s Program Book or you can make a copy from the form listed below.

The Continuing Education Scholarship is only an Auxiliary sponsored scholarship.  The application form is due to National by February 15, 2020, so please get these applications out to qualified auxiliary members or a member of their immediate family as soon as possible as an essay is part of the application.

NEW I discussed an idea with President Billie and she has agreed to start an Illinois Continuing Education Scholarship Fund.   Any auxiliary wanting to donate to this fund can send the funds to the Department Treasurer and earmark it for this fund.  It is difficult for anyone from Illinois to win the National contest, so we are hoping for enough donations to award one or more scholarships to Illinois applicants.  The application and essay should first be completed and sent to National and then a copy of the same application and essay should be sent to me by February 15, 2020.  After we hear of the National winners, an independent panel will determine the number and amount of scholarship money we can award and determine the winner(s).

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest is due to your Auxiliary by March 31, 2020.  Every auxiliary in the state can send me their first place winner.  I should have a lot of entries to be judged.

NEW There are now National awards for this contest.  There is a form available at www.vfwauxiliary.org/resources to complete.  The form must be returned to me by March 31, 2020 and I will forward onto National.  There will be an award to one Auxiliary in the nation for the most outstanding promotion of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest at the 2020 National Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Applications for the Continuing Education Scholarship and the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest are in your President’s Program Book and also listed below for you to print off.

I know we will have a great year in all these programs.  Please remember to report everything you do to me and check out the Auxiliary and District awards to be given out at our Department Convention next year.  I would like a winner for every award.

The 2019-20 Voice of Democracy theme is:
What Makes America Great

The 2019-20 Patriot’s Pen theme is:
What Makes America Great

 

 

Please call me at 618-593-4376 or email me at laujaue11@gmail.com for any questions you may have.

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