Vfw Essay Contest 2014

Patriot's pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for worthwhile awards and prizes. First place winner will receive a $10,000 Savings Bond.

  • Essay length: 300 - 400 words.

  • You must write your own essay.

  • All essays should be typewritten in English with no color or graphics and cannot be less than 300 words or greater then 400 words in length. (Essays under or over these word amounts will be eliminated.)  Every word is counted regardless of length. The essay title (theme) or added footnotes do not contribute to the word count.

  • A contestant must be a student enrolled in either the 6th, 7th or 8th grade of a public, private, parochial school or a home study program in the United States, its territories or possessions or enrolled in an overseas school as a dependent of U.S. military or U.S. civilian personnel to be eligible to enter this contest. (Foreign Exchange students and former winners that placed in the national finals are not eligible to enter this contest.)

  • The completed essay and entry form must be in the hands of the VFW Post Chairman by midnight November 1, 2014.

  • Contestants may not identify themselves, their school, city or state in their essay. Do not put your name on your essay. The entry form is your essay's cover sheet. Secure the Official Student Entry Form with a staple or other fastener on top of your essay. Contestants are allowed to enter only once (one Post competition). Contestants found in violation of this rule will face elimination from the competition and will be required to return any and all prize money awarded and received.

  • The essay must be a contestant's original work and a product of the contestant's own thinking. The approach to this year's theme, "Why I Appreciate America's Veteran", should be positive and focus clearly on the theme. Poetry is not acceptable. Quotations may be used sparingly if plainly identified wherever used.  A contestant's teacher, counselor or parent may check the essay for punctuation, grammar and/or spelling, but the content must remain the contestant's. Contestants should be judged on the basis of their essay alone and are not required to present the essay orally.

  • All entries must be submitted to a VFW Post competition. If you have difficulty identifying a sponsoring post in your area, contact the Patriot's Pen Chairman the Department office.

  • Please send application to our Post / Auxiliary for submissions

    VFW POST 9272
    Attention Patriots Pen
    10997 72nd Ave
    Seminole, FL 33772

  • 2014-2015 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners

    Posted onNovember 21, 2014, in Academics, Events

    James W. Parker Middle School had 12 winners from the VFW Post 740 (Edinboro/McKean) Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Each of the following will receive a $400 cash monetary award and advance to the district competition: Nathaniel J. Price, Hannah E. Diley, Mary E. Vincent, Ethan H. Greenleaf, Ryan D. Kulka, Hunter M. Andrzejewski, Leah A. Dubynskiy, Anna P. Damore, Patience J. Makusi, Alayna R. Smith, Aida R. Shadeck and Kaley R. Berger.

    Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

    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.

    In addition, General McLane also had a winner for the 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest (Grades 9-12), Mary C. Cousins. She will receive a $600 cash award and advance to the district competition.

    This contest is open each year to nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country, who can win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

    Congratulations to this year’s winners!



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