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 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


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