The Bloomington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 604 commander George Kristoff and Co-chair Karen E. Cain are encouraging area students to compete in several essay writing contests.
The VFW shared the following information with the Bloomingtonian:
“VFW Commander announces Kick-Off of the Annual Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition and the Patriot’s Pen Patriotic Essay Writing Competition. VFW Post 604 Commander George Kristoff and Co-Chairman Karen E. Cain of the VFW Post 604 Auxiliary hope to have another successful year for 2022-2023
The theme for the Voice of Democracy is “Why is The Veteran Important?”
Students in grades 9th through 12th grades must write a 3 to 5 minute essay using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay, and entry form to the local VFW Chairman on or before October 31, 2022. The winner of each state will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, tour of the city, and will compete for a share of the $154,000 in scholarships. The National grand prize is a $30,000.00 college scholarship. Kim Stegemoller is the owner of College Admissions Consultant Class 101. She is available to advise and help you with your entry. Kim can be reached at 812.320.3702 or [email protected]
The theme for the Patriot’s Pen is “My Pledge to Our Veterans”.
This is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. These essays will consist of a typed essay 300-400 words and entry form also turned in to the Chairman on or before October 31, 2022.
Each state winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, tour of the city and compete for their share of $55,000. The National grand prize award is $5,000.00 or one of 53 other places paid, the lowest being $500.
Entry forms can be found at www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships
Please contact Co-Chairman Karen E. Cain at 812.327.1944 if you have any questions or need more information.”