Just a short friendly reminder that in order to award our students the many scholarships that we have available we must receive your generous donations. Please, if you have not made your donations to the scholarship fund please do so now. Any amount is appreciated and will be put to great use to help further the education of others. Send your check to our Department Treasure Sonya Sallee at 673 W. Sandpiper Ave. Hermiston, OR 97838
Voice of Democracy
Oregon Continuing Education Scholarship
VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
The holidays are closing in on us. Everyone will be involved in activities and family time. During this busy time don’t forget to take some time out of your activities to deliver your scholarship applications out to the schools and to home schooled children and youth. While you are doing that, please think about making donations to the scholarship fund. Any amount is appreciated and will be put to wonderful use. These donations are investments in a young person's future.
A reminder to send in your monthly reports of anything you have done pertaining to the scholarship program to me. Make a copy for yourself. This will make your reporting easier at the end of the year.
The next scholarship deadline is February 15, 2024. This is for the Oregon Continuing Education Scholarship which is due to me and the VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship which is due at VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.
Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. Reflect on your blessings and the blessings you bestow on our veterans, their families and those that need assistance showing someone cares. That someone is you.
Deadlines are coming up. October 31st is the Deadline to submit The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen to your local VFW Post.
The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the October 31st deadline who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories, and possessions: or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners, GED or Adult Education Students are ineligible.
The theme for 2023-2024 is "What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?”
Record an original 3–5-minute audio essay on a flash drive, or other electronic device. Submit the recording, typed essay and a completed entry form to the VFW Post for judging on or before October 31, 2023.
Patriot’s Pen is open to students in grades 6-8 by the October 31st deadline who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school in the United States, its territories, or its possessions. Home schooled students are also eligible. Foreign exchange students or former winners that placed in the National contest are ineligible.
The theme for 2023-2024 is "How are you inspired by America?”
Download and complete the Patriot’s Pen entry form. All essays should by typed in English with no color or graphics and 300-400 words in length. The essay must be the contestant’s original work and a product of their own thinking. The Patriot’s Pen theme should be positive and clearly focused.
A complete list of all contest rules can be found in the following resources.
o VFW website: vfw.org/community/youth-and-education
o MALTA Member Resources
o VFW Auxiliary National website: vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships
Please make a monetary donation to all our wonderful scholarships – Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, Oregon Continuing Education Scholarship, VFW Auxiliary continuing Education Scholarship and Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Make your checks out to the Department noting that they are for scholarships and send them to the Department Treasurer Sonya Sallee. The more money donated the more and/or larger amounts that can be awarded. Invest in the future of our children, helping them with money that can help towards their future education.
National says - Don’t forget to help the Patriotic Art Escrow Fund!!!!! You can make your donation through MALTA, or you can mail a check to National Headquarters, Attn: Patriotic Art Scholarship Fund.
REMEMBER THOSE DEADLINES. You don’t want some deserving student to miss out because we forgot to check our calendars.