Veterans of Foreign Wars

Posted on 09/12/2019

Dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, the VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions help foster patriotism among today’s youth. The programs also promote friendly competition and rewards success in the form of some $3 million in scholarships.

This year’s theme for both programs challenges students to answer the question, “What Makes America Great?” The Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition is open to all students in grades 9-12. Each state winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where the top national prize of a $30,000 scholarship is awarded. More than 40,000 students competed in last year’s competition.

The Patriot’s Pen essay competition is open to all students in grades 6-8, with a top award of $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Daniel Rodriguez, sponsored by VFW Post 2066 in Nogales, Ariz., was awarded the first-place prize among more than 111,000 student essays submitted in this year’s Patriot’s Pen competition. Watch him deliver his award-winning entry here.

Student entries may be submitted (along with a completed entry form) to their local participating VFW Post. The deadline for both contests is October 31, 2019.

Find your local VFW Post, or read more about the competitions.