Stu­dents in­vited to sub­mit art to VFW Aux­il­iary’s con­test

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

AN­NAPO­LIS — The Depart­ment of Mary­land Veter­ans of For­eign Wars Aux­il­iary an­nounces the kick­off of the VFW Aux­il­iary’s an­nual Young Amer­i­can Cre­ative Pa­tri­otic Art Con­test.

Lo­cal stu­dents in grades nine through twelve have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete for $29,500 in na­tional schol­ar­ships, a news re­lease states.

Stu­dents must sub­mit an orig­i­nal two- or three-di­men­sional piece of art­work. Pre­vi­ously the con­test ac­cepted only two-di­men­sional art for judg­ing. Begin­ning this year, three­d­i­men­sional art will be ac­cepted and judged. Dig­i­tal art, pho­tog­ra­phy and jew­elry are not ac­cepted.

The en­try must have been done dur­ing the cur­rent school year. The ap­pli­ca­tion must in­clude a teacher or su­per­vis­ing adult’s sig­na­ture.

Stu­dents be­gin by com­pet­ing at the lo­cal VFW Aux­il­iary level. The first-place win­ner from each aux­ilia- ry ad­vances to dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion (if ap­pli­ca­ble) with dis­trict win­ners ad­vanc­ing to the state com­pe­ti­tion.

State first-place win­ners com­pete for their share of $29,500 in na­tional awards, and the na­tional first­place win­ner is awarded a $15,000 schol­ar­ship. Na­tional first- through eighth-place win­ners are fea­tured in VFW Aux­il­iary Mag­a­zine and on the VFW Aux­il­iary web­site.

All state win­ning en­tries will be held and dis­played and judged at the VFW Aux­il­iary Na­tional Con­ven­tion that will take place July 20 to 24, 2019 in Or­lando, Fla.

Ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, the VFW Aux­il­iary started the Young Amer­i­can Cre­ative Pa­tri­otic Art Con­test in 1979 to rec­og­nize up-and-com­ing artists and to en­cour­age pa­tri­o­tism in youths.

Ap­prox­i­mately 3,500 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate each year and in ad­di­tion to $29,500 in na­tional schol­ar­ships, lo­cal and state VFW Aux­ilia- ries through­out the na­tion award more than $130,000 in Pa­tri­otic Art schol­ar­ships ev­ery year.

Stu­dent en­tries must be sub­mit­ted to a lo­cal VFW Aux­il­iary by March 31. In­ter­ested stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers should con­tact Patty Palmer at 443-762-9005 or [email protected]­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

To down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion and see the 2018 win­ners, visit vfwaux il­­ar­ships.

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