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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 entry form, click here

The Voice of Democracy Contest is an oral essay contest for students in the 9-12th grades or equivalent if home schooled. For entry form, 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.

For more information, click here.

Patriot's Pen
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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.

2021-2022 Essay Contest Theme:

"How Can I Be a Good American?"

 

2021-2022 Texas VFW Patriot's Pen Winner:

Karlie A. Barnes

6th grade

Whitney Middle School, Whitney, Texas

Post Sponsor: 12176-Whitney

District Sponsor: 29

2021-22 Patriot's Pen Winning Essay

The 2022-23 Patriot's Pen theme is: 

“My Pledge to Our Veterans.”

All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight October 31, 2022

Download rules and eligibility requirements here

Voice of Democracy
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2021-22 VOD Winning Essay

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.
 

2021-2022 Essay Contest Theme:

"America: Where Do We Go From Here?"

2021-2022 Texas VFW 1st Place Winner:

Felicity J. Roberts

12th Grade | Homeschooled

Southlake, Texas

Sponsored By: District 21, Post 10454 | Grapevine, Texas

$10,000 Scholarship 

Scholarship Sponsor: V-Sweeps Scholarship

 

The 2022-23 Voice of Democracy theme is:

“Why is the Veteran Important?”

All students must be assigned to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight October 31, 2022

Download rules and eligibility requirements here

Scout of the Year
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Scout of the Year

Kyna M. McGill

Scout Troop #127007

Katy, Texas

Sponsored by

Post  9182, Katy, Texas & District 17

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, 2022)

 

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.