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Patriots Pen

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.

All student entries must be submitted to Cecil County Memorial VFW Post 6027, North East MD by
midnight, Oct. 31.

WANT TO APPLY?

2019-20 Theme is:
What Makes America Great

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 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 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-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

All student entries must be submitted to Cecil County Memorial VFW Post 6027, North East MD by
midnight, Oct. 31.

WANT TO APPLY?

2019-20 Theme is:
What Makes America Great

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

    • Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States.
    • Maximum student age of 18 at time of local entry.
    • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
    • Applicant does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but the student must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary.

Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.

All student entries must be submitted to Cecil County Memorial VFW Post 6027, North East MD by
midnight, Oct. 31.