The Veterans of Foreign Wars takes great pride in its youth enrichment programs; just as we work hard to serve and support veterans, service personnel and military families, the VFW sponsors many programs that recognize excellence among youth. Working alongside America’s youth and instilling a sense of patriotism has always been — and will always be — a VFW priority.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students nationwide participate in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Scholarship competition. Students from across the globe recently took home their share of more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions. The VFW’s Patriot's Pen  and Voice of Democracy essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth.

VFW Oroville Post 1747 Youth Scholarship Winners

2017-2018 Patriot's Pen Theme
America's Gift to My Generation

1st Place - Bryce Major
Ishi Hills Middle School

2nd Place - Lee Howard
Ishi hills MIddle School

3rd Place - Billy Hetzel
Ishi Hills Middle School

2017-2018 Voice of Democracy Theme
American History: Our Hope for the Future

1st Place - Antonio Rios
Live Oak High School

2nd Place - Kayla Lindquist
Las Plumas High School

3rd Place - Belle Castodio
Oroville High School

Congratulations Winners!
2018-2019 Patriot's Pen Theme
Why I Honor the American Flag
2018-2019 Voice of Democracy Theme
Why My Vote Matters