VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism.
Each year more than 131,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest.
The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
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.
Lindi Compton, an eighth-grade student, was named the 2016-17 Patriot's Pen first-place winner. Her essay on the theme, "The America I Believe In," won her a $5,000 award. Lindi was sponsored by VFW Post 5813 and its Auxiliary in Greensburg, Ky.
This year's Theme for 2017-2018 is:
"America's Gift to My Generation"
HOW TO ENTER:
Loudoun County Virginia students should first ask a teacher, parent, or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Next, it's time to start drafting your essay on the 2017-2018 theme.
(For Students residing outside of Loudoun County Virginia, please click HERE to find a VFW
Post near you!)
Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words and must be submitted by mail to VFW Post 1177, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form.
You can download the application 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.
Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 will select a winner from Loudoun County to compete in this prestigious competition at the District level (NOVA) and winners will go on to compete at the State and National level.
Please mail the completed application (we'll fill-in the LOCAL POST INFO) and typed essay to:
VFW Post #1177
Attention: Patriot's Pen
401 Old Waterford Road
Leesburg, VA 20176-2120
Loudoun County middle school students and teachers can find additional information
in this flyer.