YOUNG AMERICAN

CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART AWARDS

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 


Our local post winners will receive awards of $150, $100 and $50 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Winning entries are sent to district with those winners sent on to Department (Texas) and those winners on to National.  At each level there are cash or scholarship awards. 

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. 


WANT TO APPLY? 

Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post. 

PATRIOT'S PEN

2018-2019 Theme: Why I Honor the American Flag

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


Our local post winners will receive awards of $500, $300 and $200 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Winning entries are sent to district with those winners sent on to Department (Texas) and those winners on to National.  At each level there are cash or scholarship awards. 


WANT TO APPLY? 

Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post. 

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.​


Attention Teachers!


 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2018-19. We thank all of America's teachers and youth leaders for the time, effort and commitment they invest in our young people each year. We have a number of ways in which to assist you in helping to ensure your students get a head start on their future.

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

2018-2019 Theme: Why My Vote Matters

2018 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest    First Place    $10,000 Scholarship


Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.

  • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.


What is the Scholarship Amount?
The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $29,500.

Local Auxiliary awards will be posted here soon.


WANT TO APPLY? 

Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Auxiliary.