Every year thousands of Texas students participate in the VFW Youth Scholarship Programs at the Post, District and National Level competing for more than $3.4 million in scholarship money. Stay tuned here for the 2020-21 essay themes and scholarship application forms.

The Patriot’s Pen Contest is a writing essay contest for students in the 6-8th grades or equivalent if home schooled. For more information click here. (Second half of linked page)

The Voice of Democracy Contest is an oral essay contest for students in the 9-12th grades or equivalent if home schooled. For more information click here. 

The Scout of the Year Contest is open to Scouts who have earned a Boy Scout Eagle Award, a Venture Scouting Silver Award or a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. For more information click here.

Patriot’s pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for worthwhile awards and prizes. First place winner will receive a $5,000 Savings Bond.

2019-2020 Essay Contest Theme:

"What Makes America Great"


2019-2020 Texas VFW Patriot's Pen Winner:

Evelyn A. Fisher | 6th Grade

Homeschooled, Lubbock, Texas

Post Sponsor: 2466-Lubbock

District Sponsor: 9

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 100,000 high school students compete for more than $2.5 million in scholarships and incentives.Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. 

Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and to compete in national awards with the top scholarship being $30,000.

2019-2020 Essay Contest Theme:

"What Makes America Great"

2019-2020 Texas VFW 1st Place Winner:

Jessica Schlaudt | Homeschooled

Lufkin, Texas

V-Sweeps Scholarship

Post Sponsor:1836, Lufkin, 

District Sponsor: 19


Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. For more information click here.


VFW Scout of the Year Entry Form

Rules & Eligibility Requirements


Besides the VFW's outstanding scholarship programs, Posts and Auxiliaries across the nation work with youth in scouting, sports, ROTC and military cadet programs. By providing leaders, funding, sponsorships and other resources, the VFW and its Auxiliaries encourage millions of America's young adults to higher ideals and greater personal achievement.