Youth scholarship contests earliest deadlines are Oct. 31

ATASCADERO — The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 2814 (Atascadero) is now accepting entries from local schoolchildren for a variety of annual scholarships that award as high as $30,000 at the national level.

The 2022-23 scholarship contests include:

  • Patriot’s Pen (essay writing contest open to grades 6-8) / October 31 deadline
  • Voice of Democracy (audio-essay contest open to grades 9-12) / October 31 deadline
  • Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest (art contest open to grades 9-12)
  • Illustrating America (art contest open to grades 1-8)
  • Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue (singing contest open to grades K-12)

Scholarships are open to students enrolled in public, private, parochial or a home study program in the U.S. Applicants must be a California resident and a U.S. citizen or U.S. national but do not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate. 


Submissions must be made to a local VFW Post in order to be eligible for district, department or national awards.

Local awards are also provided by VFW 2814.

Visit for specific deadlines, rules and required applications for each scholarship.

Submissions can be sent to the VFW Auxiliary 2814 by email to or by mail to 9555 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422 Attn: Kathy Strang, Scholarship Committee.

About VFW 2814

VFW 2814 is a nonprofit organization comprised of veterans of foreign wars and their families who are dedicated to serving, caring for and supporting other veterans and their families in San Luis Obispo County and beyond. Learn more at