The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. A democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, may be interested in these scholarships.

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, the 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, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

The 2022-23 theme is:

Why Is The Veteran Important?

Patriot’s Pen

Each year more than 138,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first place state 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, DC.

All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

The 2022-23 theme is:

My Pledge to Our Veterans

Teacher of the Year

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle, and high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program.

Please  nominate a teacher you know. Teacher nomination entries must be received at a local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.

Click on the green buttons for information and/or Entry Forms

As in previous years, Post 735 Veterans of Foreign Wars will distribute Buddy Poppies on Veterans Day at Texas Roadhouse