Youth Development

Nurturing Patriotic Ideals

Youth Development

Youth Scholarships

At the turn of the century, the founders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars created an organization that would honor and serve veterans and perpetuate the values and ideals for which those veterans served. Although men of vision, it is doubtful they could imagine the millions of Americans impacted today by the VFW’s youth, scholarship and recognition programs.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, garnering more than $3.4 million in scholarships and incentives.

Program Information:
Voice of Democracy
Patriot’s Pen

Teacher Award

VFW launched the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award in 1999 to recognize classroom teachers for promoting citizenship education with their students. Each National award teacher winner and his/her school receives $1,000 award and a plaque.

Program Information: National Citizenship Education Teacher Award


Local Scout Organizations

VFW Post 1512 sponsors three Scout units in the San Diego area:

  • Cub Scout Pack
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Venture Crew

In addition to the sponsorship, the Post will assist the Scouts from time to time with special funding. For further information concerning local scouting, contact the Post Adjutant.

Scout of the Year Award:

VFW Post 1512 will nominate qualified Scouts for the VFW Scout of the Year Award.

Program Information: Scout of the Year Award