Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. 
 
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.
 
This year, our Post awarded over $300 in prize money for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!
 
Pictured (from left) Colin, Jeana, and Thomas.  Colin and Thomas were our 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Pictured is Monica, our 1st place Post and District winner in the 15-16 Patriot's Pen contest.  She went on to place 4th in the State.
Pictured is Kat and Emily our 2nd and 3rd place winners.
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
 
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
 
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
 
Last year, our Post awarded over $300 in prize money for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!
Pictured is Jeana, she was our 1st Place Post and District winner in the 15-16 Voices of Democracy essay contest.  She went on to place 4th in the State