PROGRAMS

Voice of Democracy: (Local high school students grades 9-12) 

Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by October 31. The 2020-2021 theme selected is "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?.” Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

FOR DETAILS VISIT: www.vfw.org/VOD.
 
Patriot Pen: (Middle school students in grades 6-8 )

The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the 2020-2021 competition is "What is Patriotism to Me?


Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District competition with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

 

FOR DETAILS VISIT: www.vfw.org/VOD.

 

Teacher of the Year

Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle, and high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program. 

Please review the new rules and eligibility requirements and, click here for the 2021 nomination form to nominate a teacher you know.

Looking to share updated information and materials on VFW's Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen and Teacher Award programs? Share our National Scholarship Brochure with the students and educators in your community.