Theme for 2017-2018 is:

"America's Gift to my Generation"

Click here for Entry Form
(Check back April 2017 for the 2017-2018 Entry Form)

Conducted nationwide, this VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning money for college

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:
The deadline for submissions for the 2017-2018 program is October 31, 2017.

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact a local participating VFW Post and established a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than the October 31 deadline.


JUDGING CRITERIA:
Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.


Link to the National VFW Patriots Pen Program Site

Forms below are for Chairperson Only


VFW Scholarship Chairperson Guide

VFW Patriots Pen District Reporting Packet

VFW Patriots Pen Score Sheet




Department of Colo Patriots Pen Results 2016-2017
"The America I Believe In"

FIRST PLACE - $500 Award
By Englewood VFW Post & VFW Auxliary #322
Memory of PDP Jean Carter

Carmel Thompson
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 4051, Colorado Springs
District 5

SECOND PLACE - $400 Award
By VFW Auxiliary Department of Colorado

Mia Yost
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 3571, Delta
District 11

THIRD PLACE - $300 Award
By Past Commander's Club

Ainsllie Ross
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 1771, Lafayette
District 3
FOURTH PLACE - $200 Award
By VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 1771, Lafayette

Stephanie Framel
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 3411, Kit Carson
District 13

FIFTH PLACE - $100 Award
Bruce and Lennie Dolan, #7945, Thornton

Ariel Legner
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 7945, Thornton
District 10

Other Patriot's Pen District Winners
 (District Winners To State for Judging)

District #1- Vashti Padilla
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 2461, Denver

District #2- Emily Stetina
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 7305, Colorado City

District #4- Faith Trenkle
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 3541, Sterling

District #7- Nikki-Jo Albert
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 8121, Del Norte

District #8- Emily Clark
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 11411, Florissant

District #9- Sidney Barbier
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 4264, Steamboat Springs