Each year more than 111,000 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 2020-2021 theme is:
What is Patriotism to Me?
More information can be found on the VFW National Website: VFW Youth Scolarships
For additional information or help finding a post to submit your entry, send an email to