SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships – This program includes National scholarships for students. The Voice of Democracy is a speech writing competition, which has been around since 1947. It is open to High School students, who write and record an essay on an announced topic. The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to middle school students, who submit a written essay. The Patriotic Art competition is open to high school students who express their patriotism through art. The Auxiliary also offers a scholarship to members for their continuing education
 
 
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Scholarships

General Scholarship Contest Information

Continuing Education

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy

Patriot’s Pen

Voice of Democracy

 
 
Voice of Democracy (VOD) - a speech writing competition, where 9th through 12th grade students write and record their speech. Winners at the National level receive thousands of dollars.
 

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, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 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 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2020-21 entry form application, as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

 

The 2020-21 theme is: 
Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?


About the 2019-20 winner ...

Shruthi Kumar, a high school senior from Marian High School in Omaha, Nebraska, was named the 2019-20 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Shruthi's speech on the theme, "What Makes America Great," won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Shruthi was sponsored by VFW Post 1581 in Omaha, Nebraska. Watch as Shruthi delivered her winning speech during the Parade of Winners ceremony at the 2020 VFW Legislative Conference.

Want to catch up on everything that happened this year? You can watch the Parade of Winners ceremony from the 2020 VFW Legislative Conference, see this year's complete list of winners, or listen to the winning essay from your state. 

Patriot's Pen - where 6th through 8th grade students submit a 300 to 400 word essay. Again, National winners receive special recognition and thousands of dollars.
 

Each year more than 138,000 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 $900,000 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 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

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? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2020-21 entry form application as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

 

The 2020-21 theme is: 
What is Patriotism to Me?


About the 2019-20 winner ...

Ruby Howe, a seventh grade student from Rochester Hills, Michigan, was named the 2019-20 Patriot's Pen first place winner. Her essay on the theme, "What Makes America Great," won her a $5,000 award. Ruby was sponsored by VFW Post 334 in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Watch as Ruby delivered her winning essay, or see the complete list of 2020 national winners.


Continuing Education Scholarship

The VFW Auxiliary is pleased to present the Continuing Education Scholarship to assist members and their immediate family members who wish to further their education by pursing a college degree or career direction at a vocational/technical school.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicant must be one of the following:
    - Current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    - Spouse of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    - Son of current VFW Auxiliary Member*
    - Daughter of current VFW Auxiliary Member  **Qualifying member must have been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one (1) year by the application submission deadline.
What is the Scholarship Amount?
Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year, one in each of the four VFW Auxiliary Conferences.
 
What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?
Each applicant must:
  • Answer all questions on the  Application (Fillable)
  • Write a brief essay (no more than 300 words) describing their commitment to their goals and how this scholarship will help them attain these goals.
What are the Scholarship Deadlines?
  • July 1: Application process begins.
  • February 15: All applications must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*
  • May 1: Scholarship recipients are notified.
* required deadlines
   
Young American Creative Patriotic Art
 
-----Young American Creative Patriotic Art Brochure and Application (Updated July 2019)
Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.View all the previous first-place national winners.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
  • Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.
  • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.
What is the Scholarship Amount?
  • The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $21,000.
What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?
  • Art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used.
  • Digital art and photography is NOT ACCEPTED.
  • Submit canvas entries on stretcher frames or canvas board; other entries must be matted on white.
    Do not frame.
  • Art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24,” not including the mat.
  • Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (150 words or less).
What are the Scholarship Deadlines?
  • March 31: Student Entry Deadline to Local VFW Auxiliary.*
  • April 10:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Judging Complete.
  • April 15:  Local VFW Auxiliary and District Winners to Department (state) for Judging.*
  • May 5:  VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*