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YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

Every year thousands of Texas students participate in the VFW Youth Scholarship Programs at the Post, District and National Level competing for more than $1.9 million in scholarship money. 

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. (Scroll down the 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

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.

2020-2021 Essay Contest Theme:

"What is Patriotism to Me?"

 

2020-2021 Texas VFW Patriot's Pen Winner:

Kate A. Kunkle7th grade

Boerne Middle School, Boerne, Texas

Post Sponsor: 688-Boerne

District Sponsor: 13

The 2021-22 Patriot's Pen theme is: 

"How can I be a good American?"

All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight October 31, 2021

Download rules and eligibility requirements here

2021-22 Patriot's Pen Entry Form Application

Voice of Democracy

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.
 

2020-2021 Essay Contest Theme:

"Is this the Country the Founders Envisioned?"

2020-2021 Texas VFW 1st Place Winner:

Jacqueline R. Halldorsson11th grader

Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX

Sponsored by VFW Post 8541, San Antonio, District 20

$10,000 Scholarship 

Scholarship Sponsor: V-Sweeps Scholarship

 

The 2021-22 Voice of Democracy theme is: 

"America: Where do we go from here?”

All students must be assigned to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight October 31, 2021

Download rules and eligibility requirements here

2021-22 Voice of Democracy Entry Form Application

Scout of the Year

Scout of the Year

Justin G. Swize

Goliad, Texas

 

Sponsored by 

Post 4146, Victoria | District 24

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.

 

Rules & Eligibility Requirements

VFW Scout of the Year Entry Form (Deadline to VFW Post is March 1, 2021)

 

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.

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