Each year more than 138,000 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 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. Want to apply? Read therules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2022-23 entry form application as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.
The 2022-23 theme is:
"My Pledge to Our Veterans"
2022 Post Winner(s): Asha Preuss and Olivia Schrider
Runner(s) Up: Caroline Apolenis and James Korn
2021 Post Winner(s): Charlotte Benfer and Caitlyn Brown
Runner(s) Up: Anya Neufeld and Katie Reed
2020 Post Winner: Dakota Clemens
Runner Up: Lucy Welch
2019 Post Winner - Amanda Collingham
Runner Up - Isabella Webb