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2017 VFW Essay Contest is accepting entries

Sept. 28, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – Time again for the annual VFW Essay Contest.  The Patriot’s Pen Contest is for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

The theme this year is “America’s Gift to My Generation.”  The Grand Prize is $5,000.

The Voice of Democracy Contest is for all high school students.

The theme this year is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

The Grand Prize is a $30,000 scholarship.

For more information and to download contest rules and the student entry form, click HERE.

For questions, send an email to [email protected]

Last year West Bend West High School senior Quinn Skidmore took first place in the Voice of Democracy essay contest at the state level and advanced to compete in Washington D.C.  Click HERE to see how much Skidmore won.


On a history note: 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, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 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 and download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post.

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