Young American Patriotic Art Contest

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

March 31

Awarded By

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Auxiliary

Award Amount

The first-place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship. He/she will also receive a plaque and airfare plus two nights' lodging to attend the VFW Auxiliary National Convention. The first-place art will be featured on the cover of the 'VFW Auxiliary Magazine' and on the Auxiliary website. The second-place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The third-place winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. The fourth-place winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The fifth through eighth place winners will receive a $500 scholarship. All national scholarships are offered annually and are non-renewable.


Eight awards offered annually.

Additional Information

Entries are first submitted to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary Patriotic Art Chairman for initial judging at the local level. The first-place winner of each Auxiliary will be sent to the Department Chairman for judging at the department level. (Students whose districts are holding a district contest will be judged at the district level before the department level.) The first-place winner from each department (51 in total, one from each state and the District of Columbia) will then be sent to the National Headquarters for judging at the national level. Only national winners will receive scholarships. Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation, and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and the clarity of ideas; the design technique and total impact of work; and the uniqueness. Eligible students must attend school in the same state as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary unit that sponsors him/her. Home-schooled students are eligible; foreign exchange students are not. Past national winners are ineligible to compete again.

Deadline Info

This is an art contest. Contest information and an entry form are available on the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary website. To enter, the applicant must submit an original piece of artwork ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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