The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Voice of Democracy – "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?

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 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of the $2.1 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 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, 2020. Questions? Contact Senior Vice Commander Shawn Watkins,

Click Here to download rules and the instructions for the entry form for the Voice of Democracy Contest.


Patriots Pen – "What is Patriotism to Me?

The essay contest encourages young minds in grades 6-8, 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. The first-place winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 132,000 students competed in this year’s Patriot’s Pen competition.

All essay entries and student entry forms must be received by the Lorraine Post 29 by October 31, 2020. Questions? Contact Senior Vice Commander Shawn Watkins

Click Here to download rules, instructions and entry form for the Patriot's Pen Contest.