YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP-PATRIOT'S PEN

Chairman:  Open

2020-21 Theme: "What is Patriotism to Me?"

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 

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. 
 
Additionally, Post and Department winners also receive awards.
 
CLICK HERE to download the brochure
 
ENTRIES MUST BE TO THE POST BY OCTOBER 31, 2020
 
2019-20 WINNERS
FIRST PLACE (POST) & HONORABLE MENTION (COUNTY)
Jerry K. Kirchner           Gr:8          Jonas E. Salk Middle School
FIRST PLACE (POST)
Luke Ryan Burke           Gr:8          Jonas E. Salk Middle School
SECOND PLACE
Nicholas D. Keefer        Gr:8          Jonas E. Salk Middle School
THIRD PLACE
Grace Huggard               Gr:8          Jonas E. Salk Middle School