The Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting entries for its 2020-21 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions until Oct. 31.

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions were created to help foster patriotism among today’s youth. The programs also promote friendly competition and reward success with more than $3 million in scholarships nationwide.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition, with the theme “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” is open to all students in grades 9-12. Each state winner competes for a national $30,000 scholarship prize. More than 51,000 students competed in last year’s competition.

Students in grades 6-8 can complete in the Patriot’s Pen competition by answering this year’s theme, “What is Patriotism to Me?” Entrants vie for the top award of $5,000.

Student entries, accompanied with a completed entry form, must be submitted to a local participating VFW Post.

Rules and entry forms are available online or call Patty Russell 541-580-6913

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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