VFW Post 10380 is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $500 First Place award, $250 Second Place award or a patriotic middle school student interested in Patriots Pen winning $300 First Place, $200 Second Place, $100 Third Place these scholarships may be for you.
Voice of Democracy
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 our Post receives 15-20 9-12 grade students entries to win educational scholarships.
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 entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post.
Each year more than 1000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The Post First place winner receives $200 and the Second place winner receives $100 and their entries go to the District to be judged and if they win district their entry goes on to the VFW Department (state) The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
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 entry form and brochure before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post.