Patriot's Pen


The 2019-20 theme is: 
What Makes America Great


Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 

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. Want to apply?Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post. 


The State Awards are:


1st Place - John H. Emery Youth, Pageantry and Patriotism Fund First Place Award in memory of Ronald Hubert .... $1,000 Cash


2nd Place - Gaye Hines Memorial Second Place Award ..............$500 Cash


3rd Place Award - Raymond L. Moreland Memorial Third Place Award ....$250 Cash