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 $1.4 million 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.
The 2021-2022 theme is:
How Can I Be a Good American?
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