The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Creative Patriotic Art AwardsOfficially known as the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, this annual scholarship competition gives talented art students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 in funds for college.

Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this high school art competition requires a mix of artistic talent & passionate patriotic vision.

Entries must be submitted to your local VFW Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman by March 31st each year. For more information,

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Continuing Education $1000 Scholarship

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW is pleased to present The Continuing Education Scholarship.

continuingeducationThis unique scholarship is intended to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at technical school.

Only the spouse, daughter, and son of a member are also eligible to apply.

One scholarship will be presented each year to a selected candidate in each of the four Ladies Auxiliary VFW Conferences.  Applicant must be 18 years of age or older. Qualifying member must have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for one year prior to application. Previous national winners are not eligible.

Complete this application in full and MAIL to:

  • Director of Programs, Ladies Auxiliary VFW National Headquarters
  • 406 W. 34th St. 10th Floor, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
  • Entry must be received by February 15, 2015

Download the Application

The 2014 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Patriots Pen Essay Writing Contest   VFW

The VFW-Sponsored Patriot’s Pen Scholarship Essay Writing Contest is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Why I Appreciate America's VeteransHOW TO ENTER:
Students should first ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition.

Then the student should contact their local or closest participating  VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a current member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

  • Find a post near you HERE..
  • Next, start drafting your essay around the 2014-2015 Theme: Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans. 
  • Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words.
  • Submit your completed essay to the Post in your area, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1st.  That post will notify you by November 15th if you have been selected as their winning entry.  Winning entries at the Post level will be forwarded to the District level competition.  District winning entries advance to the Department or State level, and winning Department entries are then entered in the National Competition.
  • Access Entry Form HERE


Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.

Patriotic Pen

The 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Competition

Why Veterans are Important to Our Nations's History & Future The Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Competition is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study high school program in the United States and its territories.


Students should first draft their essay based on the exciting new 2014-2015 Theme: 

  • Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History & Future 

Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student has created their essay and completed burning the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version and CD along with the completed and signed Voice of Democracy entry form to their local or closest participating VFW Post no later than November 1st, 2014.

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

See also:  Scholarship and Recognition Awards Offered by VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay 2014 Winner