Laurie Sparwasser
3409 Ahne Road
Waterloo, IL. 62298
Phone: 618-593-4376


The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen applications for 2024-2025 are now available on the VFW Website – under Community, then Youth Scholarships. 

The 2024-2025 theme for Voice of Democracy is “Is America Today Our Forefathers’ Vision?’

The 2024-2025 theme for Patriot’s Pen is “My Voice in America’s Democracy?”

If you can get the information to the schools before the end of the school year, the students can work on these during the summer.


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.


Department Scholarships Program 23-24
Department Scholarships Report Form 23-24

PP presentation from National Convention Scholarships Program 23-24

National Scholarship Report 23-24


Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art  Contest

3-D Young American Patriotic Art Contest

2-D Patriotic Art application

3-D Patriotic Art application

Patriots Pen Entry Form 2023-2024

Voice of Democracy Entry Form 2023-2024

Helpful Hints (1)

Judges Score Sheet

Judges Score Sheet (1)



Scholarships  – July 2023

Scholarships – Sept 2023

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Scholarship – January 2024

Scholarships – March 2024