Each year, the VFW provide millions of dollars worth of awards and college scholarships to students across the U.S. and overseas. The purpose of these awards is to encourage personal growth and foster a greater understanding and appreciation for America, its history and values.
"Is this the country our founders envisioned" The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Oct. 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds). Voice of Democracy Entry Form
"What is Patriotism to Me" The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the October 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words. They should be submitted to the VFW Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than the October 31 deadline. Patriots Pen Entry Form
"Why American Veterans Should Be Honored" Open to Students in Grades 3 - 5 (on the October 31 deadline),who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school, or home study program in the state of Washington. Participants must compose their own essay. The essay must be clearly handwritten, typed or computer prepared. A copy of the Official Entry form must accompany the essay. All sections of the official entry form MUST be completed at the Post/Auxiliary level. Entry forms MUST be signed by a parent. Not to exceed 250 words. Student’s Name, City, or School MUST NOT be on the essay, only on the entry form. Essay must stay within the prescribed subject matter and there can be NO added color or artwork. Essay written in poem form will not be accepted. Youth Essay Entry Form
The VFW Auxiliary is proud to offer Creative Patriotic Art Awards for 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. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. The scholarship contest is open to promote patriotism, assist students in furthering their education and help students reach their full potential. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $21,000. Established 1914, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform. Eligibility: 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 the time of local entry.The 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. Patriotic Art Brochure