Being a part of our local community is vital to the mission of the VFW. By offering scholarships, youth programs, volunteerism opportunities and educational outreach, we stay in touch with our neighbors.
Youth Scholarship Programs
Voice of Democracy - This audio-essay competition annually awards nearly $2 million in scholarships to students in grades 9-12. First-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.
Patriots Pen - More than $1.2 million is awarded annually to students in grades 6-8in this essay contest. First-place winner receives $5,000.
Scout of the Year - Three scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding scouts. First-place winner received $5,000, second-place receives $3,000 and third-place receives $1,000.
Teacher of the Year - The VFW annually recognizes one exceptional elementary, junior and high school teacher for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Awards include $1000 for professional development, $1000 for his/her school, an all-expense-paid trip to attend the VFW National Convention. In addition, the top 10 high school Teacher of the Year recipients will have an opportunity to attend a graduate level Medal of Honor Character Development program at Freedoms Foundation.