Students invited to submit art to VFW Auxiliary’s contest
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]hoo.com for more information.
To download an application and see the 2018 winners, visit vfwaux iliary.org/scholarships.