The Daniel D. Fernandez, Los Lunas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9676 is inviting high school students, grades 9-12, and middle school students, grades 6-8, to compete for more than $3 million in scholarships and awards.

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High school students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. The grand prize is a $30,000 scholarship. Middle school students compete by writing an essay on an annual patriotic theme. The grand prize is a $5,000 award.

VFW Post 9676 is now accepting entries for its 2020-21 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition, with the theme question, “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” is open to all students in grades 9-12. Each state winner competes for the top national grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship.

Additional scholarships of between $1,000 and $16,000 are also awarded at the national level, and the first-place winner from each state wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Students in grades 6-8 can compete in the Patriot’s Pen competition by answering this year’s theme question, “What is Patriotism to Me?” Entrants vie for the top grand prize award of $5,000; however 52 additional awards between $4,000 and $500 are made to competitors.

The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen student entry form can be found at vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net. The deadline for both competitions is Oct. 31

If you have any questions, contact Committee Chairman Jack Lovato at 550-4076. For additional information about these essay competitions, visit the Post 9676’s website at vfw9676.org.

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