The United States Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion celebrated Veteran’s Day in 2011 by offering local Pennsylvania high school students the opportunity to compete in a Veteran’s Day scholarship essay contest.
The objective of this Army sponsored Veteran’s Day Essay contest is to promote and support education and the literary arts with Pennsylvania high schools. The essay contest topic, which involves interviewing a Veteran, is meant to help students see the kind of strong character traits the military promotes from the perspective of a Veteran.
The battalion received over 150 entries for the Army sponsored Veteran’s Day Scholarship Contest from 40 schools throughout Pennsylvania. Of the 150 entries 13 finalists were chosen, seven juniors and seniors and six freshman and sophomores. Juniors and senior finalists include students from Kittanning Senior High School, Fox Chapel Area High School, and Lancaster Catholic High School. Freshman and sophomore finalists include students from Northern Lebanon High School, Shamokin Area High School, Carlisle High School, Dubois Area Senior High School, Berwick Area High School and Kittanning Senior High School.
There will be four winners announced on February 20, 2012 after final judging is completed by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. These winners will receive scholarships to be used for their continued education. Scholarship awards include junior/seniors; first place $1,000, second place $500 and freshman/sophomores; first place, $500 and second, $250.