Laurie Sparwasser
3409 Ahne Road
Waterloo, IL. 62298
Phone: 618-593-4376
Email: laujaue11@gmail.com

 

The Scholarship program is not a new one, but it is so important. In these troubling times of our nation, it is important that we hear from our young people on what they think and how they feel about Patriotism and Americanism which is relayed through essays and art. We need to keep these ideas out there and encourage these students, who represent our future, to stay strong in Americanism and Patriotism ideals so our country does not lose the values of those men who wrote our Constitution. Our Department President’s theme “Honoring Old Glory and Those Who Fight for It” is so fitting for this program. We need to remember what we stand for and honor those who are fighting and have fought to keep those values.

This program encourages Patriotism and Americanism to our students and offers awards to help them in attaining an education of their choosing. Promoting these programs in the community by mail, newspapers, visiting schools, Facebook, etc. gets the word out about these programs and also promotes the VFW and the VFW Auxiliary and helps us get recognized in the community as a support for students and their education.

For the Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contests, contact

Schools and JROTC Units

  • Church and/or youth groups
  • Youth-focused organizations
  • Home-school associations
  • Parent-teacher associations
  • Youth sports teams
  • Financial Aid offices
  • Student veteran centers

There are 4 different scholarships in this program. We have the Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay contests promoted by the VFW, but helped and supported tremendously by the VFW Auxiliary. The Auxiliary itself has 2 additional scholarships – the Continuing Education Scholarship and the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. All forms needed for these scholarships are included for easy accessibility and ability to make copies.

The information must be promoted and information taken to the schools (if possible to get there) as soon as they open in the fall. The students need as much time as possible to get their thoughts together on the theme and develop an extraordinary essay and record it.

 

       VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

This is one of the contests that is due first. This is a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay that was established in 1947. The theme for the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Contest is America: Where Do We Go From Here”. This contest is for students in grades 9-12. The students can be in public, parochial, home schools or private schools and they must reside in the state of Illinois to be considered for our Department to be a winner.

Judging is based on 3 criteria

  • Originality – 30 points
  • Content – 35 points
  • Delivery – 35 points

 

Deadlines:

Entries to VFW Post – Midnight October 31
Completion of Post Judging – November 15
Completion of District Judging – December 15
Completion of Department Judging – January 10
Department Winner to VFW National Headquarters – January 15

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 – 54th place – $1,000 scholarship

The Department winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

 

  

PATRIOT’S PEN

The theme for this year’s essay contest is How Can I Be a Good American”. This essay contest is open to all students in public, parochial, home schools or private schools and must reside in the state of Illinois to be eligible as a Department winner.

Judging is based on 3 criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Theme – 30 points
  • Theme Development – 35 points
  • Clarity of ideas – 35 points

Deadlines:

Entries to Post – Midnight, October 31
Completion of Post Judging – November 15
Completion of District Judging – December 15
Completion of Department Judging – January 10
Department Winner to VFW National Headquarters – January 15

National Awards:

First Place – $5,000

Second Place – $4,000

Third Place – $3,500

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

 

Please recognize your winners at all levels.

  • Hold a banquet in their honor
  • Present them with a certificate and/or a gift
  • Present the award at a school assembly
  • Contact the local newspapers and feature your winner
  • Also recognize the parents and teachers that support them

 

The next 2 scholarships are supported only by the VFW Auxiliary.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is NOT open to the community. An applicant must be an auxiliary member who has been a member for at least one year, their spouse, son or daughter with a financial need. The applicant must be at least 18 years old, complete the application and write an essay of 300 words or less. The application and essay must be received at National Headquarters by February 15, 2022. Mail the documents to

Administrator of Programs
VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters
406 W. 34th St., 10th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111

The forms can also be emailed to info@vfwauxiliary.org.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant in each of the four Conferences.

 

YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST

This contest is open to all students in grades 9-12, including those that are home schooled, not older than 18 years of age at time of the entry and must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. National. Artwork must be on canvas or paper. No digital art will be accepted. It is judged on patriotic theme and technique. One department winner will be forwarded to Auxiliary National Headquarters. Application and information is included with this program. Students must attend school in the state of the sponsoring Auxiliary. There is no District Judging for this contest. Every auxiliary can send one winner to me for judging.

Deadlines:

Entry received by local Auxiliary – March 31
Entry received by Department – April 15
Entry received by National Headquarters – May 5

National Scholarships:

First Place – $15,000
Second Place – $7,500
Third Place – $3,500
Fourth and Fifth Place – $1,500 Sixth through Tenth Place – $500

National would like to increase their Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest Escrow Fund so every winner sent to National can receive a monetary award. As of now only the top ten (10) winners receive an award. They would also like to increase the amount of the awards so the VFW Auxiliary can compete with other organizations.

Please send any checks earmarked Patriotic Art to:

VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters Attn: Patriotic Art Fund
406 W. 34th Street, 10th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

The National President’s Theme is “Soaring Above and Beyond”. With a positive attitude and hard work, we can get National Winners in all of these contests from the Department of Illinois.

Even though the Scholarship Program is geared to our youth, we can stress helping our veterans wherever they may be – overseas, at home, in the hospital and in the nursing homes. The peace given to the veterans with visits and just a “Thank you for your service” can go a long way. Teaching these concepts to our youth can bring awareness to the entire community.

Again, please be sure to recognize your winners at the local and District level.

Please report as soon as possible. You do not need to have entries in the programs to report. Please report if:

  • 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

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

Auxiliary Awards

  1. A citation to each Auxiliary that participates in all four programs by December 31,
  2. A citation to each Auxiliary that donates to the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest Escrow Fund
  3. An award and a citation to the Auxiliary Chairman with the best promotion of the scholarship program in the Auxiliary meeting. Reports must be received by the Department Chairman within 30 days of the meeting and must include all four
  4. An award and a 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, but no later than April 15th, 2022.

District Awards

  1. A citation to the District Chairman if all auxiliaries in their District are reported in this program by December 31,
  2. A citation to the District Chairman if all auxiliaries in their District are reported in all four parts of the scholarship program by April 15,
  3. An award and a citation to the District Chairman with the best promotion of the Continuing Scholarship program. Report must be received by the Department Chairman by March 31,
  4. An award and a citation to the District Chairman with the best promotion, best idea for raising money and raising the most money for the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest Escrow Fund. Report must be received by the Department Chairman by March 31,

National Awards

AWARDS FOR AUXILIARIES

Most outstanding promotion of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

  1.  Citation to every Auxiliary that promotes the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Criteria and entry form (required) available at vfwauxiliary.org/resources. Auxiliaries must send the entry form to their Department Scholarships Chairman by March 31, 2022.
  2. Citations will be mailed directly to participating Auxiliaries from National Headquarters.
  3. Citation and $25 to one Auxiliary in each of the four Conferences with the most outstanding promotion of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art

 

 


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

2021-2022 Department Scholarships Program

2021-2022 Department Scholarship Report (Click here for Online Report)

2021-2022  National Scholarship Program

 

Continuing Education

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy

Patriot’s Pen

Voice of Democracy

 

BULLETINS