VFW  Youth Scholarships

The VFW takes pride in investing in our future generations, and one way this is accomplished is through encouraging patriotic thinking. 

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Information source: Youth Scholarships - VFW

2021 Patriot's Pen Winners

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to all of our participants for another incredibly difficult decision. Great work, everyone!

Thank you!

1st Place - Himagowri Prasad, York HS

2nd Place - Abigail Kallner, Homeschool

3rd Place - Lauren Vaillancourt, Grafton HS

 

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Voice of Democracy

High School : Grades 9-12

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 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 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. 

The 2021-22 theme is: 
America: Where Do We Go From Here?

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for Voice of Democracy

Middle School : Grades 6-8

Patriot's Pen

Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000! 

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. 

The 2021-22 theme is: 
How Can I Be a Good American?

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for Patriot's Pen

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