Patriot's Pen

Each year, nearly 68,800 students in sixth through eighth grades enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000! 

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. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements. Your entry should be delivered to your sponsoring VFW Post which is VFW Post 4780, 2048 N Main St, Milan, TN, 38358.  Applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31, 2023.

 Download and complete the 2023-2024 entry form here


2023 Patriot's Pen Winners for Post 4780

   1st Place Winner: Austin Brooks ( 7th Grade) South Gibson Middle School
 2nd Place Winner: Jacey Williams (7th Grade) South Gibson Middle School  
   3rd Place Winner: Grayson Partee (6th Grade) Trinity Christian Academy

VFW Post 4780 extends a big "Thank You” to Randy Bridges, Cody Childress, Betty Maldonado, Treva Maitland, & the Honorable Bradley Owens for serving as our Post-level Judges for the 2023-2024 Patriot’s Pen Scholarship Contest.





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