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Veterans Service Organization Announces New Scholarship Program

April 15, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), America's oldest major veterans organization, announced the establishment of their new Veterans Tribute Scholarship today. The new program is designed to benefit the sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of all veterans including those currently in uniform.  

Students between the ages of 16-18, compete for three scholarships of$10,000, $5,000 and $3,000. Entrants can accumulate up to 1,500 points and must be sponsored by a veteran who is their biological or adoptive parent or grandparent. Winners will be selected by a drawing from those with thehighest number of points. Deadline for entries is December 31.  

In addition, the VFW also announced the themes for their existing scholarship programs:  

1. The Voice of Democracy Competition allows high school students in grades 9-12 to compete for more than $2.5 million in scholarships and incentives by writing and recording a script on the theme, "Celebrating Our Veterans' Service." Deadline for entries is November 1.  

2. The Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is for 6th-8th graders. They compete for more than $950,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds by writing an essay about, "What Service to Our Country Means to Me." Deadline for entries is November 1.  

3. In addition to these scholarship programs, the VFW will honor teachers again this year with their National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Three teachers (one from K-5, one from grades 6-8 and a third from grades 9-12) will receive a $1,000 professional development award, $1,000 for their school and an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. Deadline for entries is November 1.  

Entry forms, deadlines and all information about these scholarships and awards can be obtained on the VFW's website: http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=149 or by contacting the VFW Programs Office at (816) 756-3390.  

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