VFW Post 477 participates in the following scholarship programs:



Patriot’s Pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards and prizes.

Cumulatively, the awards provided from all levels of the competition approaches $1.2 million each year.

Department (state) winners compete for $92,000 in US Savings Bonds at the national level with the first place winner receiving a $10,000 US Savings Bond in Washington, D.C., in March each year.

The new theme for the Patriot's Pen Essay is available in March.

Entries are due to your local VFW, no later than November 1.

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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition in 1946. The Veterans of Foreign Wars became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961.

Many notables have participated in the Voice of Democracy including journalist Charles Kuralt, Miss America Anita Bryant and former US Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record a broadcast script on a patriotic theme, competing for more than $2.1 million in college scholarships and incentives.

Department (state) winners are brought to Washington, D.C., in March to enjoy our nations capital and compete for $149,000 in scholarships.

The new theme for the Voice of Democracy is available in March.

Entries are due to your local VFW, no later than November 1.

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VFW Post 477 SSGT Kimberly Fahnestock-Voelz Scholarship Award

While serving in the Iraqi Freedom campaign, Army SSGT Kimberly Fahnestock-Voelz was killed in action as she was responding to an explosive ordinance disposal call on Dec 14, 2003 when an improvised explosive device detonated in Iskandariyah, Iraq. 

The daughter of Floyd A. , Jr. and Carol A. Mardis Fahnestock of Carlisle, Kimberly was a graduate of Trinity High School, Class of 1994.  

The Carlisle VFW Post 477 has initiated the SSGT Kimberly Fahnestock-Voelz Scholarship Award to honor the memory of this brave young woman and soldier. Biannual Scholarships are available to high school Seniors who are children or grandchildren of VFW Post 477 members.  Scholarship submissions are judged by VFW members, and candidates are selected based upon demonstrated leadership qualities, academic qualifications and demonstrated potential.

Scholarship selections are made in the Fall and the Spring of each year, and the dates for application submission are announced in the post as the date for submissions approaches. 


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