The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) accepted entries for its 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition, with the theme question, "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" was open to all students in grades 9-12. Each State winner competed for the top national Grand Prize of a $30,000 scholarship. Additional scholarship of between $1,000 and $16,000 are also awarded at the national level 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.
Students in grades 6-8 competed in the Patriot's Pen competition by answering this year's theme question, "What is Patriotism to Me?" Entrants vie for the top Grand Prize award of $5,000; however 52 additional awards between $4,000 and $500 are made to competitors. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships are for you. Each first place Department (State) Patriot's Pen 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.
We will announce the 2021-2022 VOD & Patriot Pen Themes when they become available - KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND START YOUR ESSAYS EARLY
The Deadline for next years competitions will be: October 31, 2021
If you have any questions contact, Committee Chairman, Jack Lovato at 505-550-4076. Mr. Lovato must receive your completed Entry Form and essay no later than 6:00 p.m. on October 31, 2021.
For additional information about these essay competitions click the links below:
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