SLVFW Auxiliary Post 8053 supports youth scholarships


Robyn Anzulis, a senior at South Carrell High School in Sykesville, MD, was named the 2017-18 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Robyn’s speech on the theme “American History: Our Hope for the Future,” won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Robyn was sponsored by VFW Post 10076.

The Sun Lakes VFW Post 8053 and its Auxiliary promote patriotism among youth through scholarship programs. Patriot’s Pen is an essay competition for students in grades 6—8. This year’s theme is “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Voice of Democracy is a recorded essay for students 9—12. This year’s theme is “Why My Vote Matters.”

Entries for both of these scholarships are due October 31, 2018, to the local post. Cash prizes are awarded at the Post, District, State and National levels. (See the National winner above.) More information about these programs can be found on the State Auxiliary website,, under “Scholarships.” The local Post auxiliary chair for these programs is Stephanie Reynolds. She can be reached at [email protected]

It is particularly gratifying to work with students and teachers on these programs. The thoughts expressed by young people and the artistic expression of patriotism make one proud of our youth… another good reason to become involved in VFW 8053 Auxiliary.

Contact Janice Courmoyer at  [email protected] for more information.