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VFW Ladies Auxiliary Award and Scholarship Programs

An active member of her community, Brooke Kuecker is involved in church and service activities that benefit her neighborhood’s welfare. Brooke Kuecker also maintains a life membership with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

An advocate of patriotism and education, the Ladies Auxiliary offers award and scholarship programs for middle- to high school-aged students. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are eligible to participate in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Essays submitted must explain in 300 to 400 words the current year’s theme, which is, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Graded on a 100-point scale, the student’s essay is evaluated on theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. State winners advance to a national competition, where $46,000 in prize money is awarded. The first place winner of the national essay competition is awarded with $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Created in 1946, the Voice of Democracy Scholarship provides a platform for high school students to express their patriotism. A written and recorded essay, submission into the competition requires a three minute to five minute audio recording of the student’s entry. Voice of Democracy Scholarship entries are scored on originality, content, and delivery. State winners are awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for $152,000 in scholarships. The student who earns first place during nationals receives a $30,000 scholarship. The 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Scholarship theme is, “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.”

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