Each year more than 111,000 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.
This essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
VFW Post 12002 is once again proud to support this Program and provide the following additional cash prizes at the Post level :
1st Place Winner - $200.00 2nd Place Winner - $150.00 3rd Place Winner - $100.00
How to Apply
1. Read the Rules and Eligibility Requirements
2. Download and complete the 2019-20 Entry Form
3. If you have any questions, contact Post 12002's Patriot's Pen Program Chairman :
Roland Kort firstname.lastname@example.org 770-356-8300
4. Submit your Entry Form and typed Essay by Mail or eMail to the Program Chairman by midnight on October 31
This Year's Theme
The 2019-20 theme is What Makes America Great
About the 2018-19 Winner
Daniel Rodriguez, a sixth-grade student from Nogales, Arizona, was named the 2018-19 Patriot's Pen first-place winner. His essay on the theme "Why I Honor the American Flag" won him a $5,000 award. Daniel was sponsored by VFW Post 2066 in Nogales. Watch as Daniel delivered his winning essay.
See the complete list of 2019 National Winners.