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Katy VFW Opens Youth Scholarships for all Grade Levels


September 30, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy VFW Post 9182 is now accepting submissions for their 2021-2022 youth scholarships and teacher recognition. Scholarships are available for all grade levels.

Megan Steinberg won last year's Voice of Democracy Scholarship. Photo credit: Katy VFW

Submissions Now Being Accepted

The Katy VFW Post 9182 is now accepting submissions for their 2021-2022 youth scholarships and teacher recognition. The deadline is October 31 and there is something for all grade levels.

“Our youth scholarships challenge students to reflect on our nation's history, their ideals and principles, and their own experiences based on a patriotic theme,” says Katy VFW Commander Don Byrne.

Auxiliary Essay Scholarships

Katy ISD Seniors can enter the Auxiliary Essay Scholarship. This year’s theme is, “Why is it important to honor our Veterans and Active Duty Service Members?”

This scholarship is open to any high school senior who is a son, daughter, granddaughter, or grandson of a Veteran who has served honorably or a the before mentioned persons with a member of the military with active duty status.

Voice of Democracy

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program allows high school students the opportunity to express themselves and their democratic or patriotic themed essay.

Each year around 64,500 9-12 grade students across the U.S. enter. They share $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives.

This year’s theme is, “American: Where do we go from here?’

Patriot's Pen

Patriot’s Pen is an essay contest for grades 6-8. Each year more than 165,000 enter across the U.S. The national firs-person winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Young Artist Contest

Katy Young Artist Contest has something for all grade levels. It is broken into the categories of K-8 and 9-12.

The VFW wants to get this information out to the Katy community.

“We only receive 15 or less submissions from the entire area, including Katy ISD,” says Commander Byrne.

Last year, Seven Lakes High School senior, Katelyn Segarra won the Auxiliary Essay Scholarship. Her dad, an Iraq War Veteran, was her sponsor. Her talents include being a black belt in martial arts, singing, dancing, and acting. She is currently attending Texas State University as a music major.

Voice of Democracy winners included Megan Steinberg, Iris Cheng, and Alexander Waller.

Patriot’s Pen winners were Anmol Ball, Aubrie Nguyen, and Tay Yun.

Learn more about the 2021-2022 Katy VFW Scholarships and Teacher Recognition here. The deadline to enter is midnight of October 31.


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