The VFW’s scholarship competitions are dedicated to
promoting patriotism among America’s youth. Students are asked to
submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject
that encourages them to consider how democratic ideals and
principles apply to their lives. Each year the VFW awards more than
$3 million in scholarships and awards to middle and high school
students who participate in the two competitions.
This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks students, ““American
History: Our Hope for the Future”. The Voice of Democracy
scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to
students in grades 9-12.
All judging is based on the recorded audio –essay.
The national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship. Prizes are
also awarded at Post, District and Department level.
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The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to students in grades 6-8.
This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, “America’s Gift to My
Generation”. The national winner will receive a $5,000 award. Prizes are awarded
at all levels of competition.
Students should submit their entry (along with a completed entry form) to their
participating local VFW Post. For further information and entry forms please go
to www.vfw.org. For questions or
assistance please contact Illinois VFW Headquarters at
Department of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars]
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