VOD AND PATRIOTS PEN

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, 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. 

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

 

 

The 2020-21 theme is: 
Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?

 

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, D.C. 

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

 

The 2020-21 theme is: 
What is Patriotism to Me?

 

 



 

VOD District Reporting Pkg                       Patriots Pen District Reporting Pkg

VOD Score Sheet                                        Patriots Pen Score Sheet

Post VOD Participation Report                  Post Patriots Pen Participation Report

2020-2021 VOD Entry Form                    2020-2021 Patriots Pen Entry Form 

2020-2021 VOD Brochure                       2020-2021 Patriots Pen Brochure

 
 

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