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I am looking for college scholarships or grants for grandchildren of veterans or VFW members. My father is a Korean War Veteran (now deceased) and his grandson is trying to find financing for his college education.
The VFW National organization offers the “Voice of Democracy” annual audio-essay college scholarship contest for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students (including homeschooled students.) College students are not eligible for the contest. The theme and an entry form for the Voice of Democracy contest are available here. (Internet Explorer seems to be the best browser to you when downloading and printing the entry forms.) We also offer a middle school essay writing contest, the Patriot's Pen. It is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Students entering in either contest do not need to be children, grandchildren or relatives of an active duty military member, a military veteran, or a VFW member. Please know that the 2014-15 contest year deadline has passed; it was November 1, 2014. The next contest year (2015-16) themes for both contests will be announced online after the first of the year, no later than Feb 1, 2015.
If you have further questions about these two contests, please contact Kris Harmer, VFW Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (816) 968-1117.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way to say “thank you” to those who deserve it the most! Please click the above link for full details on the scholarship program and to apply.
There are local organizations, including possibly some VFW Posts, that may make funds available. Please contact VFW Programs for a phone number to contact your VFW Department (state) Headquarters and they can direct you to any local VFW Posts that might help, or tell you if they offer anything themselves at the state level. Please know you can also ask your Department to speak to your state's Service Officer - they might be able to find out if there are any other programs available through the Veterans Administration in your particular state. You can also “Find A Post” to search for various local VFW Posts to contact to see if they have any other scholarship opportunities.
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