2003-09-12 / Community

Essay Contests Spell Big Bucks For Students

By Brian Magoolaghan
Essay Contests Spell Big Bucks For Students By Brian Magoolaghan

You’ve heard the expression, "a penny for your thoughts," but how about $10,000 or even $25,000.

High school students can win thousands of dollars by submitting short essays in two nation-wide contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

The "Patriot’s Pen" contest gives 7th and 8th graders the chance to write essays between 300 and 400 words in length. The theme for the contest is "My Dream For America" and the top winner will receive a U.S. savings bond for $10,000 – nearly 30 other essayists will share more than $65,000, according to the VFW.

"The Voice of Democracy," the second contest, is an audio essay for students in grades 9 through 12. Essayists must read and record their own work addressing the theme "My Commitment to America’s Future." Tapes must be between three and five minutes in length. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship, but many others will also receive prize money. Each year more than $3 million is awarded to essayists in this contest, according to the VFW.

The deadline for both contests is November 1, 2003. For more information contact Lovette Glasgow, the Americanism chairperson of the Morris Haynes VFW Post 2781 at 718-634-8876 or visit www.VFW.org.

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