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