The VFW believes in good
citizenship and fostering patriotism. That is why we encourage youthful
minds to examine our nation's history and their own experiences in
modern American society through our Patriot's Pen youth essay-writing
contest. Annually, over 100,000 students from grades 6-8 , enter to win
money for college, as well as an all expense-paid trip to Washington,
D.C. for the National first place winner. Students draft a 300-400 word
essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic annual theme chosen
by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
WHO CAN ENTER:
The Patriot's Pen program is open
to students in grades 6-8 (on the October 31 deadline) who are enrolled
in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in
the United States and its territories.
Students can as a teacher or youth
group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then
students can contact a local participating VFW Post and establish a
contact person who is a member of that Post or its Auxiliary.
Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and
should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen
entry form no later then the October 31st deadline.
We recognize our Post level winners at our annual Loyalty Day event each year.
Patriot's Pen Student Entry Form