Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 64,500 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 range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000. Want to apply?
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 range from $1,000 to $16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC. All audio-essay entries must be received (along with the entry forms) by the VFW Lorraine Post 29 before October 31, 2021. Questions? Contact Junior Vice Commander Keith Gopsill, Jvc@vfw29.org.
Each year more than 165,400 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. Want to apply?
All essay entries and student entry forms must be received by the Lorraine Post 29 by October 31, 2021. Questions? Contact Senior Junior Vice Commander Keith Gopsill Jvc@vfw29.org.