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Scholarship contest offered

The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy scholarship contest is underway.

The VFW gives out more than $2 million in college scholarships every year to high school students. Those who wish to apply should write and record a 3 to 5 minute audio essay on this year’s patriotic theme, “Is this the country the Founders envisioned.”

Mail entries, addressed to the American Legion Post 8739, 1310 W. Washington St., Oregon, IL 61061, 815-901-6286 or Post 8455, 504 N. Congress Ave., Polo, IL 61064, 815-946-2438.

The top national prize is a $30,000 scholarship and first-place state winners receive a trip to Washington, DC, COVID-19 permitting. The student entry deadline is Oct. 31.

Go to or call 217-529-6688 for additional information.