Youth Scholarships

Howard Gooldrup - 10/27/2020

Voice of Democracy

"Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?"

Patriot’s Pen

"What is Patriotism to Me?

The VFW is accepting entries for the 2020-2021 VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions. The deadline for student entries in both contests is Oct. 31st.

The VFW’s scholarship competitions are dedicated to promoting patriotism among America’s youth. Students are asked to submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject that encourages them to consider how democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives. Each year the VFW awards more than $3 million in scholarships and awards to middle and high school students who participate in the two competitions.

This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks students, "Why My Vote Matters” The Voice of Democracy scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship. 

The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to students in grades 6-8. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, "Why I Honor the American Flag” The national winner will receive a $5,000 award. 


Students interesting in submitting their entry or getting an entry form for either scholarship should contact VFW Post 1603 Capt Frank W. Hulett Youth Scholarship chairman Keith Davis (207) 329-8784. Entries may also be mailed to VFW Post 1603 PO Box 1865, Auburn Maine 04211-1865