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Patriotic Scholarships

Celebrate America with a scholarship!

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 14, 2015

A true patriot is red, white and blue, inside and out.

If you’re a true patriot, then the following Americana-themed scholarships are right up your alley.

Nothing encompasses the American dream more than these patriotic scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities enable students to gain access to higher education through helping to paying for school. Think about it: aren’t opportunities really at the heart of the American dream?

Check out the following patriotic scholarships, which celebrate the red, white and blue:

$3,000 Honor our Troops Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $3,000

Nearly 20 percent of deployed service members experience acute stress, depression, and/or anxiety.

Wanna Do Something about it? Sign up at www.dosomething.org/campaigns/smiles-soldiers to send a soldier a thank-you card to positively impact their mental health and let them know you appreciate their service.

For every 2 cards made, you gain 1 entry to win the $3,000 scholarship and you may enter an unlimited number of times. No essays or minimum GPA required for entry.

Get more information on the $3,000 Honor our Troops Scholarship.

Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 7/05/15
Available to: High School Students
Award Amount: $5,000

The Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest is available to U.S. citizen high school students.

You must write an essay of between 1,500 and 2,000 words on the theme “A Proud American, What It Means To Me” to be eligible for this award.

Three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships to the accredited U.S. college or university of their choices.

Get more information on the Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest.

Free Speech Scholarship
Deadline: 8/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Free Speech Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited technical school, college or university.

You must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a minimum 500 word essay on why “Freedom of Speech makes America great” to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Free Speech Scholarship.

Patriot’s Pen Competition

Deadline: 11/01/15
Available to: Maximum Age 14 Years
Award Amount: $500

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Patriot’s Pen Competition is open to students in grades six through eight.

To enter, you must submit a 300- to 400-word essay on the following theme: “What Freedom Means to Me." Get more information on the Patriot’s Pen Competition.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition


Deadline: 11/01/15
Amount: $30,000
Ages: High School Freshman through High School Seniors (Maximum Age 19 Years)

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States , the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is open to high school students.

To enter, you must write and record a three- to five-minute broadcast script on the following theme: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”.

Get more information on the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest
Award: $3,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Award: $18,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

Provided by The American Legion, the National High School Oratorical Contest is open to junior high and high school students who are under the age of 20 and citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

You must prepare an oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.

A complete list of topics are available on the Legion’s Web site.

Each individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives an additional $1,500 scholarship.

Learn more information about the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.

Freedom Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the Idaho State Board of Education, the Freedom Scholarship is available to students who are residents of Idaho.

You must the child of someone who has been determined by the federal government to have been a prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed in action or died of injuries or wounds sustained in action in southeast Asia, including Korea, or who shall become so hereafter, in any area of armed conflict in which the United States is a party.

Learn more information about the Freedom Scholarship.

Liberty Scholarship – VMI
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by the Virginia Military Institute, the Liberty Scholarship is available to students at the Virginia Military Institute who have been adversely affected due to a death of a relative in the Pentagon attack on September 11, 2001.

Learn more information about the Liberty Scholarship – VMI.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Junior

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program is open to high school juniors who are direct descendants of U.S. wartime veterans who served during one or more of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion by the United States government.

In order to apply, you must have completed an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university.

Selection is based on the following criteria: academic record; involvement in school activities; involvement in community activities and financial need.

Learn more information about the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Program.

Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Senior

The Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award is available to senior pre-law majors at Berea College.

You must demonstrate high academic achievement, character and patriotism to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award.

Green to Gold Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Green to Gold Scholarship is available to U.S. citizens with a minimum of two years Active Duty as well as three months of Active Duty for every one month of specialized training.

You must be a high school graduate or equivalent, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, a GT score of at least 110 and pass the APFT within the last 6 months with score of 180 or higher, minimum of 60 points in each event.

Also, you must submit letters of acceptance from the PMS of that Army ROTC Battalion and school offering Army ROTC.

Additionally, you must not have been convicted of a domestic violence crime, have a Favorable National Agency Check (or have initiated the action), DODMERB Medical Qualification, be eligible to Reenlist, not be a conscientious objector and have no more than 3 dependents, including spouse to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Green to Gold Scholarship.


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