Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 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 ranges from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, applications must be turned in to Post 1262 by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.
Each year, nearly 68,800 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!
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, applications must be turned in to Post 1263 by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 entry form here.
Each year, students in grades 3-5 enter the Department of Washington Youth Essay contest for a chance to win state awards.
The contest encourages our youth to examine history, along with their own beliefs, by drafting an essay of no more than 250 words, expressing their views based on a theme chosen by the Department of Washington VFW. To submit your essay, deliver your application to Post 1263 by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 entry form here.