Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. We invite you to join the more than 138,000 students who participated last year in this contest. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has again approved this contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.
VFW’s Commander-in-Chief annually chooses the year’s theme. The 2020-21 theme is What is Patriotism to Me?
A big thank you to the North Carolina VFW Cooties for sponsoring these monetary awards!