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. Entry Form

Patriot’s Pen
More than $1.2 million is awarded annually to students in grades 6-8 in this essay contest. First-place
winner receives $5,000. Entry Form

Scout of the Year
Three scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding scouts. First place receives $5,000, second
place receives $3,000 and third place receives $1,000. Entry Form

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
$1,000 for professional development, $1,000 for his/her school, and 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. Entry Form