The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) accepts entries for its Voice of Democracy (VOD) audio-essay and Patriot's Pen written-essay youth scholarship competitions. The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition, with the theme question, "TBA" is open to all students in grades 9-12. Each State winner competes for the top national Grand Prize of a $35,000 scholarship. Additional scholarship of between $1,000 and $16,000 are also awarded at the national level 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.
The topics for each essay change every year and are normally released by September
Students in grades 6-8 compete in the Patriot's Pen competition by answering this year's theme question, "TBA". Entrants compete for the top Grand Prize award of $5,000; however 52 additional awards between $4,000 and $500 are made to competitors.
If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 VOD college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships are for you. Each first place Department (State) Patriot's Pen 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.
Click here to listen to the 2022-2023 finalists
APPLY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIP USING PAPER APPLICATIONS
Here is the link to the Voice of Democracy Student Entry Form
Here is the link to the Patriot's Pen Student Entry Form
The Deadline for these competitions is: October 31 every year
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