Program Description

Each year approximately 68,800 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 $1,400,000 in cash awards at the Post, District, State and National levels.  Each first-place State winner receives a minimum of $500 at the National level, and the National first-place winner wins a $5,000 scholarship.

This 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.

VFW Post 12002 is once again proud to support this program and provide the following cash prizes at the Post level :

                    1st Place Winner  - $200.00        2nd Place Winner  -  $150.00        3rd Place Winner  -  $100.00

For each 15 entries received by the Post, one winner is entered into the District 3 competition for additional cash awards and a chance to compete at the State level.

[ The total cost of this year's program is underwritten by an educational grant
from Operation Santa Charities, Inc., a Georgia-based charity ]

How to Apply

1.  Read the Rules and Eligibility Requirements

2.  Download and complete the 2022-2023 Entry Form  

3.  If you have any questions, contact Post 12002's Patriot's Pen Program Chairman :

                  Harald Sundal    678-557-3789

4.  Submit your Entry Form and typed Essay by eMail to the Program Chairman by midnight on October 31
(Do not put your Name on your Essay)

This Year's Theme 

The 2022-2023 theme is   My Pledge to Our Veterans

About the 2021-2022 Winners

Last year's Post 12002 Winners entered in the District 3 competition were :

    1st Place    Victoria Rozenberg       Fulton Science Academy (Roswell)
    2nd Place    Amanda Endres    Holy Redeemer Catholic School (Roswell)
    3rd Place    Sanah Jain     Fulton Science Academy (Cumming)

Luke Baker, from Acworth, Georgia, was the State 1st-Place Winner.

Caden Albright, from Kings Bay, Georgia, was the State 2nd-Place Winner.

Giana Rule, from Griffin, Georgia, was the State 3rd-Place Winner.

Syed Ali, an 8th Grade student from Lafayette, Louisiana, was named the 2021-2022 Patriot's Pen National first place winner.  His essay on the theme, "How Can I Be a Good American?" won him a $5,000 award.  Syed was sponsored by VFW Post 1982 in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Watch Syed deliver his winning essay during the VFW's Parade of Winners streamed live on Facebook 
   (the Patriot's Pen Awards begin at the 1:00:00 mark)

See the complete list of 2021-2022 National Winners