This Just Announced!  Chosen by our National Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Vincent "B.J." Lawrence, the 2018-2019 topics are:
Voice of Democracy:  "Why My Vote Matters"
Patriot's Pen:  "Why I Honor the American Flag"
The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation.  Just one way that we give back to our youth is through the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen scholarship programs.
Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

Additionally, each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  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. 

For a full list of rules and entry forms, please visit our national VFW website at: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth scholarships  Entries may be submitted in person at the Carter-Smith VFW post here in Lakeside.


Congratulations to Breann Brown for being our 2017 Post 5867 winner


Second Runner up for all of District One in the VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship contest!


Congratulations also to 2017 Post 5867 Patriot Pen scholarship contest winner, Kea Collier!