The Waxahachie VFW kicked off its annual scholarship awards contest at the Ninth Grade Academy Open House Sept. 19. 

Pamphlets with the contest rules and deadlines for completion of the essays and audio recordings were handed out to the parents and their eligible children.

The contest is called the Voice of Democracy and consists of a written essay and an audio presentation. This is a contest for students grades 9 through 12. 

The theme of the essay changes from year to year so, if they wished, a student could enter the contest once each year for all four years of high school. 

The theme this year is “Is there pride in serving in our military?” 

Since this is a scholarship program prizes and scholarships are awarded to the winners at the local, district, state, and national levels. The state winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., a tour of the city, will meet with our nation’s leaders, and receive their portion of $151,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

The deadline for the essay and audio presentation must be submitted to the Local Waxahachie VFW Post 3894 no later than Nov. 1.  If need be, a member of this Post would be glad to come to the school and pick up any of the entries, but it has to be on or before the deadline.  The Post phone number is 972-937-7007, and when calling  leave a message for VFW member Randy Hughes or Ladies Auxiliary member Susan Neff to return your call.

Any parents, grandparents, or guardians with students eligible for this contest (and this includes home schooled students) that would like more information on this scholarship program please call the above number and we will get the information to you. 

Contributor and photos by Susan Neff, VFW Ladies Auxiliary