Nov. 1 is the deadline to submit an entry for the Veterans of Foreign War' Voice of Democracy competition for high school students and the Patriot's Pen contest for middle school students.
This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "Service and Sacrifice by America's Veterans Benefit Today's Youth by ...".
Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars' premier scholarship program, open to students in the ninth through 12th grades throughout the country to compete for more than $2.5-million in scholarships and incentives. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national levels. The top scholarship award is $30,000.
The Patriot's Pen youth essay contest is open to students in sixth through eighth grades who write essays expressing their views on democracy. The top 45 national winners each receive at least a $1,000 savings bond.
Entries can be submitted to any Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Hernando County posts include:
- Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary, 3454 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Call (352) 596-9236, ask for Kathy Moore.
- Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary, 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. Call (352) 796-4449, ask for Misty Ryan.
- Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 796-0398.
- Post 8681 and Ladies Auxiliary, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Call (727) 856-1860.
- Post 10137 and Ladies Auxiliary, 6036 County Road 618, Nobleton. Call (352) 793-8511.