Students in grades 6-12 are invited to enter the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual essay contest, weighing in on two topics: “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future” (grades 9-12) and “What Patriotism Means to Me” (grades 6-8).
Last year more than 160,000 students nationwide participated and more than $3.4 million in scholarships, savings bonds and incentives were awarded.
High schoolers are asked to write a speech of between three and five minutes. Each state winner will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national first-place award of a $30,000 scholarship.
Middle schoolers are asked to write a 300- to 400-word essay, with each state winner receiving $1,000 and a chance to win a trip to Washington along with a $10,000 savings bond.
VFW Post 6949 in Davis is accepting essays for both programs, with the local winners competing at the district and state levels.
Completed essays and entry forms should be mailed by Friday, Nov. 1, to VFW Post 6949, P.O. Box 415, Davis, CA 95617.