What We Support Through the Year!
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 winning $200 First Place, $100 Second 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.
Teacher of the Year Award
Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn’t be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.
The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:
- A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.
- A $1,000 award for his/her school.
- Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.
- An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.
Before submitting the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award nomination form, please review the rules and eligibility requirements.
The VFW National Home for Children
The VFW National Home for Children’s mission is to provide children, youths, and families of veterans, active-duty military, and members of the VFW and its Auxiliary opportunities for growth and development in a nurturing community, and by doing so, serves as a living memorial to all veterans.
It was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war — mothers and children, brothers and sisters — could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn’t come home.
Diamond Oaks ROTC Scholarship
We award 2 – $300 Awards for Cadets who show strong leadership skills and adherence to the JROTC Mission and Vision.
The Army JROTC Mission
“To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens.”
The Army JROTC Vision
JROTC will provide a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.
U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a congressionally mandated program that focuses on the youth-oriented mission “Motivating Young People to be Better Citizens”. It is one of the largest youth programs in the world with more than 310,000 high school students participating annually while enrolled in over 1,700 secondary educational programs and encompasses a myriad of teaching goals focused on leadership, teamwork, character education, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment, and service to the nation. Two of the most important assets for JROTC is the Cadets/students and the nearly 4,000 instructors who lead, guide and mentor their Cadets.
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Xavier University Student Veterans Needs Program
The Student Veterans Center strives to provide veterans of Xavier University a safe, studious, and recreational setting. Located on campus at the Conaton Learning Commons in room 529, the Student Veterans Center offers veterans a space of their own where they can print off papers, work on assignments, or have a cup of coffee and friendly conversation.
The Center is a place to unwind, connect with fellow veterans, and have access to valuable resources for student veteran success. Veterans Affairs has comfy chairs for relaxing, desks for schoolwork, computers, and printers available for use, as well as conference tables and offices for group projects.
The Student Veterans Center has a dedicated staff of veterans and serves only veterans, active duty military, and military dependents. The Center’s staff helps veterans through every step of the education process all the way to graduation, assists with employment, and stays in touch after they become Xavier alumni.
The Student Veterans Center has multiple resources available on-site to both veterans and dependents including financial aid and planning, career counseling, and psychological assistance. In addition, a member of the Veterans Administration has an office within the Center.
Quality of Life Plus
The Quality of Life Plus Program (QL+), through unique partnerships with engineering schools at leading universities across the country, sponsors and directs a wide array of technology development projects aimed squarely at improving the quality of life for our nation’s wounded veterans, active duty military, first responders, law enforcement and intelligence officers.
QL+ recruits patriots with life-altering injuries from across the USA. QL+ works one-on-one with these patriots to understand the lifestyle limitations they endure as a result of their injuries. These men and women become “Challengers” in the QL+ Program. Leveraging our expertise in engineering, physical therapy, and program management, QL+ identifies specific obstacles in the Challenger’s Life that can be eased or overcome through the development of a custom assistive device or prosthetic modification. QL+ presents these projects or “Challenges” to our partner universities. Once accepted, QL + connects the Challenger directly with the student team working his or her Challenge. Throughout the academic year, QL+ mentors, monitors, and supports this unique collaboration between the Challenger and the student team. At the conclusion of the academic year, the student team formally presents the completed assistive device or modified hardware to the Challenger for use in their daily life.
QL+ Headquarters is in McLean, Virginia just outside our nation’s capital. Dedicated QL+ Laboratories or “Maker Spaces” are located on-campus at Cal Poly and the Colorado School of Mines. Established QL+ programs also operate at Virginia Tech, the University of Dayton, Xavier University, and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship
W.O.R.T.H. (Warriors Own Road To Horsemanship) is an award-winning program that provides veterans with PTSD, TBI and other conditions and challenges the opportunity to gentle wild mustangs. Here’s how it works:
- CTRH rescues wild mustangs from crisis situations. For example, the Bureau of Land Management has rounded up 50,000 mustangs which currently languish in holding facilities under horrible conditions
- W.O.R.T.H. teaches veterans the horsemanship skills they need to gentle the Mustangs. As seen in this link to recent news coverage, the program focuses on establishing trust and leadership with the horses.
- The process of gentling mustangs brings veterans the healing and sense of purpose they need and deserve. As seen in this link to more news coverage, vets are experiencing outcomes previously unavailable to them:
CTRH extends these services at no charge to any injured veteran, with gratitude for their service.
Aubrey Rose Foundation
Our mission is to help families caring for children with life-threatening illnesses with our focus being on the family unit. We strive to liftfamilies from life’s complexities during this difficult time by providing emotional and financial support.
David Kreuter Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Kreuter Memorial FundMission
Scholarships given in memory of a young Marine who gave his life for freedom.
PURPOSE OF THE KREUTER MEMORIAL FUND:
To honor the memory, service, and beliefs of David Kreuter by raising funds and awarding scholarships to students attending an accredited college, technical school
or vocational school upon high school graduation; students attending St. Xavier High School; and other suitable memorial purposes.
Honor Flight Tristate
For many of our veterans, a trip to Washington to see their memorials is not financially or physically possible by themselves. This is the mission of Honor Flight Tri-State: to make that dream come true for as many veterans as possible. If a veteran does not have a family member to accompany them, we will assign a qualified and enthusiastic guardian, ready to assist them on their trip of a lifetime. The HONOR FLIGHT trip is at no cost to the veterans and we are always looking for vets in the Tri-State area.
All flights include Airfare, bus tour, an Honor Flight Tri-State signature T-shirt (which must be worn on the trip), name badge souvenir, three meals, and assigned guardian on a one day trip. Veterans and guardians must arrive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Terminal at the assigned time. We take care of everything from there. All veterans must have their own transportation to and from the airport. Guardians will be asked to attend a guardian meeting one week before their flight.