PATRIOT'S PEN / VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

2020-21 Themes
Student Entry Deadline:  31 October 2020

"WHAT IS PATRIOTISM TO ME?" 
Patriot's Pen Entry Form
 Patriotic Essay Writing Competition Grand Prize:  $5,000 Award
Open to all student U.S. Citizens - Grades/Years 6, 7, and 8
 
"IS THIS THE COUNTRY THE FOUNDERS ENVISIONED?"  
Voice of Democracy Entry Form 
Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize:  $30,000 Award
Open to all student U.S. Citizens - Grades/Years 9, 10, 11, and 12

 
What is Patriot's Pen?
Patriot's Pen is a VFW-sponsored youth essay competition which gives U.S. citizen students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.  We invite you to join the more than 120,000 students who participated last year in this contest.  The first-place applicant submitted to the Western Australia VFW Post 12163 will represent the country of Australia in the Pacific division.  The first-place international award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the winner and a parent or guardian.
 
Patriot’s Pen is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade/year students enrolled by the 31 October deadline in public, private or parochial schools or home study program in the U.S., its territories or its possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.  Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U. S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.  More information is detailed on the entry form.  To qualify, all entries must be submitted to:  VFW Post 12163 by midnight 31 October.
 
 
What is the Voice of Democracy?
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program.  Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.  The first-place applicant submitted to the Western Australia VFW Post 12163 will represent the country of Australia in the Pacific division.  Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
 
The Voice of Democracy is open to 9th-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade/year students enrolled by the 31 October deadline in public, private or parochial schools or home study program in the U.S., its territories or its possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.  Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U. S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.  More information is detailed on the entry form.  To qualify, all entries must be submitted to:  VFW Post 12163 by midnight 31 October.

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