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


Hi!  My name is Laurie Sparwasser.  I am thrilled to chair the Scholarship Program again this year for President Marvie’s “Boots on the Ground for Our Veterans” 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 within 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 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests are due first – October 31st to your Post.  The theme this year for the Voice of Democracy Essay is “Why is the Veteran Important?”  A copy of the application is below for you to print and hand out to students.

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest theme this year is “My Pledge to our Veterans”. The application for this contest is also below for you to print.

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 record their essay on a flash drive.

The Continuing Education Scholarship is ONLY an Auxiliary sponsored scholarship.  The application form is due to National by February 15, 2023, so don’t wait to get the applications out to your members.  Adding a copy of the application to a newsletter you send out can help.  Information about the scholarship can be put on social media that only your members can access.

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest is due to your Auxiliary by March 31, 2023.  Every Auxiliary in the state can send me its first place winner.  I should have a lot of entries to be judged.


There will be separate judging for 3-D art this year, so every auxiliary can send me a   2-D and a 3-D entry for judging.

If you review the awards for auxiliary, District and National, the 3-D part of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest is really being stressed this year.  There is also an additional escrow fund set up for the 3-D program.

The National award is for the best promotion of the 3-D art contest. There is a form available at to complete.  The form must be returned to me by March 31, 2023 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 3-D Art Contest at the 2023 National Convention in Phoenix, AZ. I did not receive a single completed form for the National award last year.  Please don’t let this happen again this year.

Applications for the Continuing Education Scholarship and the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest are 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.

Our National President’s theme is “Hands that Serve, Hearts that Care“.  This program is geared to students in school, but taking the time to work this program shows we care and serve our communities.



Department Scholarships Program 22-23
Department Scholarships Report Form 22-23

National Scholarship 22-23
National Scholarship Report 22-23



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 Fillable

Voice of Democracy Entry Form Fillable




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