VFW Auxiliary # 3396 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships.
Students must submit an original piece of artwork on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempra, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink, or oil may be used. Digital art and photography is not accepted. The entry must have been done during the current 2016-2017 school year and must include a teacher’s signature.
Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to District competition (if applicable) with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $21,000 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. The first-place art is featured on the cover of VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary national website. Second and third place artwork will be featured in VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary national website. All state winning entries will be held and displayed at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention.
The VFW Auxiliary started the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. Approximately 3,500 students participate each year and in addition to $21,000 in national scholarships, local and state VFW Auxiliaries throughout the nation award more than $100,000 in Patriotic Art scholarships every year.
To download an application and see the 2016 winners, visit:
ABOUT THE VFW AUXILIARY: Established 1914, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform. The VFW Auxiliary is one of the nation’s oldest veterans’ service organizations and our members are the relatives of those who have served in overseas combat. We have nearly 470,000 members nationwide who volunteer millions of hours and fundraise millions of dollars for charitable projects that benefit veterans, military service personnel, and their families. Through our National Programs, we assist the VFW pass or block legislation that impacts veterans and their families, provide nearly a million volunteer hours in the VA medical system, conduct patriotic programs with thousands of students and offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for our nation’s youth. With more than 4,000 Auxiliaries, there is likely one in your area working to improve the lives of America’s uncommon heroes. Learn more at http://www.vfwauxiliary.org.