YOUTH PROGRAMS

 
 
Working alongside America’s youth and instilling a sense of patriotism has always been — and will always be — a VFW priority. Learn more about the VFW’s youth and education programs below.
 

Patriot’s Pen - The VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8 and challenges them to reflect on American history and their own experiences based on a patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Contact your local VFW Post to participate.
 State Chairman: Darren Hughes. Patriot"s Pen Form

 

VOD - The VFW Voice of Democracy contest provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore democratic ideals and principles through audio essays. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Contact your local VFW Post to participate. State Chairman: Eric Rollof

                      Voice of Democracy Form


 

Scout of the Year - Each year the VFW honors three young people – from Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturing Crew – who have demonstrated exceptional citizenship in school, scouting and the community. The first-place winner receives $5,000. Contact your local VFW Post to participate. State Chairman: CD Seager Nomination forms can be obtained from the National websitewww.vfw.org/Scout/ or by contacting the Director. Submit nomination forms (one candidate per category) to the director by April 1, 2018