Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness in Veterans Scholarship

$5000 Annual - No Fee To Apply - Essay Contest is proud to award a $5,000 scholarship towards any education related expense to the winner of our first essay contest about the different ways in which addiction and mental illness affects veterans today. Click here for more information about this wonderful opportunity.


Voice of Democracy & Patriot's Pen Scholarships

    One of the main goals of the VFW is to instill in our youth the patriotic values and ideals for which our veterans fought and gave their lives.   The VFW organization nationwide, is dedicated to promoting patriotism, and investing in our future generations. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning up to $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

       Voice of Democracy : This program was established in 1947. It offers high-school students, grades 9 – 12, a unique opportunity to express themselves with regards to a patriotic themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 students enter this contest, attempting to win their share of over $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through this program.

    The National First Place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship, paid directly to the recipients American University, College or Vocational / Technical school. The first place winner from each VFW Department (State) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington DC.


       Patriots Pen : Over 132,000 students each year, in grades 6 – 8, enter the VFW’s Patriots Pen youth essay contest. The National first Place winner receives $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington DC. First place winners in each state also compete for National awards totaling over $54,000, with each First Place State winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the National level.


    These contests, the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen, encourage our youth to examine America’s history, and coupled with their own experiences in life and family, expressing their views either verbally, as in the Voice of Democracy, or in a written essay as is Patriots Pen, based on a Patriotic theme chosen yearly by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.


Post 3258 would like to encourage all eligible students to take part in these contests. The rules and eligibility requirements are as follows:

Voice of Democracy – download the Rules and Eligibility here, and download an Entry form here Entry Form

Patriots Pen – download the  Rules and Eligibility here, and download the Entry form here Entry Form


            Our winners for 2017 were:       Voice of Democracy, Margaret (Margo) Murphy, a student at Mt. St. Joseph Academy, was selected as VFW Post 3258’s winner. Margaret has now advanced up one level to District 8 (21 different Posts in various geographical regions of PA) and was selected as the 3rd Place winner at District. Margaret will be recognized at our Loyalty Day Ceremony on May 6th, and at our Post meeting in June.

                                                                  Patriot’s Pen: Emma Lewinsky, a student of Mater Dei Catholic School in Lansdale, was one of the 11 top winners, of the total of 167 Patriot Pen entries submitted to our Post. Emma was advanced to District 8 and was awarded first place at District. Emma has now advanced further up to Department where she is competing state wide. We wish Emma the very best of luck in this contest.


Post 3258 is proud and honored to offer these scholarships to our Students. Today’s young men and women represent the future of this country. They represent our hopes and dreams, and some of them will move on to take up a leadership role in their community, their state and possibly even at National Levels. The lessons they learn today are what they will carry with them in the future. Post 3258 is proud to be a small part of this, and hopes that through our efforts these young students will carry these lessons with them far into the future.