Veterans for Peace scholarship available

America has been at war since the class of 2013 was in elementary school. But just like your parents and most the citizens of our country, most young people will never know what it means to be on the front lines or caught in the crossfire between armed soldiers. We’re fortunate in that regard. But does that mean we should support America’s wars in other lands without thinking about the havoc it wreaks on the soldiers who serve or on innocent civilians?

There are hundreds of songs written from a passionate desire to end war and build a more just and peaceful world. Students interested in earning the VFP scholarship this year should listen to any of the songs found on VFP-Juneau website: www.vfpjuneauscholarship2013.blogspot.com or another song for peace, and compose an essay that describes the story the writer believes the songwriter is trying to convey. How does it affect your personal views about war?

The Veterans for Peace chapter 100 is offering a $1,000 scholarship to be disbursed to the college or post-secondary school of choice, to be applied to tuition, fees and textbooks. Southeast Alaska high school or home school students graduating in the 2012-13 school academic year may apply. There is no GPA or financial need requirement, but members of the organization and family members may not apply.

The application deadline is Dec. 16 and the award will be granted no later than Jan. 15, 2013. Essays and signed applications, also found online, may be submitted to juneau.vfp.scholarship@gmail.com. For more information, contact Rich Moniak at jppj.rich@gmail.com.

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