The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation for our great country and fostering patriotism among our nation’s youth. Students are asked to submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.
This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks students to explain, "American History: Our Hope for the Future" The Voice of Democracy scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner will receive the $30,000, T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award.
The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to students in grades 6-8. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, "America's Gift to My Generation.” The national winner will receive a $5,000 award.