2021 Patriot's Pen Winners
Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to all of our participants for another incredibly difficult decision. Great work, everyone!
1st Place - Himagowri Prasad, York HS
2nd Place - Abigail Kallner, Homeschool
3rd Place - Lauren Vaillancourt, Grafton HS
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
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.