SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

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 40,000 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. 
 
The 2021-2022 theme is:
America: Where Do We Go From Here?
 
Voice of Democracy Brochure and Entry Form
Voice of Democracy Flyer
 

PATRIOTS PEN

Each year more than 111,000 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 $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 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
 
The 2021-2022 theme is:
How Can I Be a Good American?
 
 

More information can be found on the VFW National Website: VFW Youth Scolarships
For additional information or help finding a post to submit your entry, send an email to vod@vfwus.org.