The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student, grades 9-12, interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student, grades 6-8, interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.
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. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31. Reach out to VFWPost921@hotmail.com with any questions you have!
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.
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, then download and complete the entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the above two programs on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities. 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.
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Washington State
offers the opportunity for students in Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades
to submit a written essay of up to 250 words.
There will be a Post winner FOR EACH GRADE, as well as a State Winner FOR EACH GRADE.
Awards are at the discretion of the local Posts and their Auxiliaries,
as are the District Awards. Post 921 awards will be determined Sept. 15th
Click here for rules, eligibility and form.
Please reach out to VFWPost921@hotmail.com with any questions you may have! Deadline is Oct 31st!