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VFW Auxiliary announces kick-off of annual Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest

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Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post #7016 announces the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to compete for $29,500 in national scholarships.
Silver Abbott, a student at Foley High School, won first place in the 2018-2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, winning a $15,000 college scholarship. Abbott was sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 5658, Elberta, Alabama.
Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Previously the contest accepted only two-dimensional art for judging. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. The entry must have been done during the current 2019-2020 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s signature.
Student entries must be submitted to Atmore VFW Auxiliary Post 7016 by March 31, 2020. Packets of information will be provided to local schools. Interested students, parents and teachers should contact Gayle Johnson at (251) 359-0768 or for more information.
To download an application and see the 2019-2020 winners, visit
Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The Atmore VFW Auxiliary will award $200 and art pin to the first-place winner; $150 to the second-place winner; and $75 to the third-place winner. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $29,500 in national awards, and the national first-place 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 2020 in Reno, Nevada.
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 $29,500 in national scholarships, local and state VFW Auxiliaries throughout the nation award more than $130,000 in Patriotic Art scholarships every year.