2019 - 2020
Each year more than 1,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest across Texas. Nation wide 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 $54,500, 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 complete entry form before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post.
The 2019-2020 theme is:
What Makes America Great
WHO CAN ENTER:
The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Oct 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
All entries must be submitted to your VFW Post competition committee. If you have difficulty identifying a sponsoring post in your area, contact the Patriot's Pen Chairman at the Department Office.
Please send application to your VFW Post / VFW Auxiliary for submissions.
Texas Winner at National 2019 - 2020
Evelyn Fisher, from Lubbock, TX, represented the VFW Department of Texas, and was awarded the $750 VFW Department of Washington and Auxiliary Eric G. Sandstrom Memorial Award.
National Winner for 2019 - 2020
Ruby Howe, a seventh grade student from Rochester Hills, Michigan, was named the 2019-20 Patriot's Pen first place winner. Her essay on the theme, "What Makes America Great," won her a $5,000 award. Ruby was sponsored by VFW Post 334 in Lake Orion, Michigan.
Watch as Ruby delivered her winning essay!