VOICE OF DEMOCRACY
Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
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.
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VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That's why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nations history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot's Pen youth essay-writing contest.
Annually, roughly 112,000, students from grades 6-8, enter to win one of several savings bonds totaling $1.2 million, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National first place winner.
Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an - always patriotic - annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
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VFW IN THE CLASSROOM
The VFW strives to thank our nation’s educators year-round by arming them with helpful resources and visits to local classrooms. Loving America and all it stands for is what we do best. Let us help you educate our future leaders.
Contact the Townsend VFW at 978-597-5644 or email us at email@example.com for more information or to have a Veteran visit your class.
SCOUT OF THE YEAR
Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups. Few are stronger - and none more lasting - than the close relationship between the VFW and Boy Scouts of America, dating back to 1915.
Each year, the VFW selects three young men - of the Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturing Crew - who have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community. The first-place winner receives a $5,000 award, the second-place winner receives a $3,000 award and the third-place winner receives $1,000.
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TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Each year three exceptional teachers are recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics-at least half of the school day in a classroom environment-and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.
The VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards (Teacher of the Year) include the following items:
• A $1,000 award to the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade teachers for professional development expenses.
• $1,000 award for each winning teacher’s school.
• Plaques for both the winning teacher and school.
• An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.
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» VFW TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM
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