YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

The national Veterans of Foreign Wars has several scholarships that students may compete for each year. Applications are received by Posts throughout the nation. Initial applications, for local students, must be submitted to Dixon-Conderman VFW Post 2514.
 
Voice of Democracy
 
Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.  Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through 12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements. Applications must be downloaded, completed, and turned in by midnight, Oct. 31
 
The 2023-24 theme is: 
"What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"

Patriot's Pen
 
Each year, nearly 68,800 students in sixth through eighth grades enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of nearly $1 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 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. Before submitting your essay read the rules and eligibility requirements. Applications must downloaded, completed, and turned in by midnight, Oct. 31.
 
The 2023-24 theme is: 
"How Are You Inspired by America?"