YOUTH ESSAYS

VFW Post 7392 supports both the National and Department of Washington student essay programs and National Teacher of the Year Program, as we are dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation.

VFW National "Voice of Democracy" Scholarship Essay Contest (High School)

VFW National "Patriot's Pen" Scholarship Essay Contest (Middle School)

VFW Department of Washington Youth Essay Contest (Grades 3, 4, & 5)

VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Nominations (Grades K-12)



Voice of Democracy

The 2020-21 theme is: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?


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, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 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, and download the  National 2020-21 Entry Form. All student entries must be submitted to the post by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020.




Patriot's Pen

The 2020-21 theme is: What is Patriotism to Me?


Each year more than 138,000 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 $900,000 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 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

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 National 2020-21 Entry Form. All student entries must be submitted to the post by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020.



Department of Washington Youth Essay

The 2020-21 theme is: Why American Veterans Should Be Honored


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Want to apply? Download the WA VFW 2020-21 Entry Form. All student entries must be submitted to the post by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020.




Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Eduation Teacher Award

Identify and recognize America's best educators. Wouldn't you like to see them get the honor they deserve?

VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively.

Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Want to nominate a teacher? Download the National Nomination Form. All entries must be submitted to the post by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020.