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Patriot's Pen & Voice of Democracy Essay Contests

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

What is it?

Conducted Nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. We invite you to join the more than 120,000 students who participated in last year's contest. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the winner and a parent or guardian.

2018-19 Theme: "Why I Honor the American Flag"

Deadline: October 31, 2018 by midnight

Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

What is it?

Since 1947, the  Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording and audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. State winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 2-6, 2019, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

2018-19 Theme: "Why My Vote Matters"

Deadline: October 31, 2018 by midnight