VFW presents scholarships to area students

Photo by John Lee The Pampa VFW awarded a number of scholarships on Tuesday evening to area students.

The Pampa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1657 gave out a number of scholarships on Tuesday evening at their monthly meeting.

The scholarships are given away through the National Post’s Patriot Pen (sixth to eight grade) and Voice of Democracy (ninth through 12th grade) scholarship programs.

“We do this every year and have been for the last 18 years,” Post Commander Rick Dunn said. “We used to be able to give $3,000 or $4,000 to first place. But with money as it is now because of COVID-19, we still managed to give at least $1,000 for first. Everybody got something, though.”

This year there were 14 entires between both programs. There were repeat winners in Mia McCracken and Rylan Qualls.

“It’s as simple as writing an essay,” Dunn said. “Every year the National Post in Kansas City, Mo. sends us down a topic. Like ‘What do you think of our flag?’ or ‘Why do you have freedom?’ They choose the topics and you’d be surprised, some of these kids know everything.

“We want to keep the students interested in the world going on behind them. Why they have their freedom and how do they keep their freedom.”

The essays are judged by teachers, auxiliary and VFW members.

The VFW stressed they want to keep the students interested and let the community know that they are still here to serve the community.

“We hear that we’re not open,” Dunn said. “That’s a not true. I’m here from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and our Veterans Service Officer (Sarah Hollis) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help all of the veterans get the aid or assistance they are entitled to. All of the officers are down here most of the time.”

For more information on Pampa VFW Post No. 1657, call 806-669-1264.

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