John T. Murray Post 1017 and Auxiliary announce contests and scholarship programs

The Department of New York of Veterans of Foreign Wars announced its themes for the upcoming year for scholarships at the department convention recently held. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest for 2017-18 theme is “Our hope for the future.” This is open to grades 9 through 12, including home-schooled students. The deadline to the Post or Auxiliary is midnight, Oct. 31.

The Patriots pen essay theme is “America’s gift to my generation” grades 6 through 8. Entries must be submitted to the Post or Auxiliary by Oct. 31. Those eligible to submit include home-schooled students. Entries must not include the name of the school (including public or Catholic) or the writer’s personal name in either contest.

In each contest, one essay from throughout the state will go on to the National headquarters for judging for national awards.

The Young American creative Patriotic art contest is for grades 9 through 12. Contestants can be no older than 18, must be a U.S citizen or U.S national.

No digital art will be accepted. Art work must be done on canvas or paper. Entries will be judged on patriotic theme and technique. Entries must be received by March 31, 2018.

A continuing education scholarship is open to any Auxiliary member who has belonged for at least one year, or spouse, son or daughter with a financial need. Entrant must be at least 18 years old, complete an application and submit an essay of 300 words.

The application must be received at national Headquarters by Feb. 15, 2018. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded in each of the four conferences.

Scholarships and contest resources and rules can be found at the VFW web site,

The John T. Murray Post 1017 and Auxiliary is proud to endorse these programs. Those with questions are asked to call Pat at 341-1328. The idea is to get the information out early for students to have an early start.

The National and Department motto this year is “Our Veterans’ love is more precious than gold” as we “Catch the dream for our Veterans.”