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Explore VFW Post 4443's dynamic programs designed to empower our future generation and promote patriotism. Our commitment to youth education shines through initiatives like the Voice of Democracy, offering high school students the chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship by expressing their thoughts on democracy and patriotism.

Patriot's Pen

Each year, nearly 68,800 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!

Voice of Democracy

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 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

Youth Activity Center

VFW Post 4443 of Austin, Texas is proud to open a Youth Activity Center, powered by Austin International Shooting Club. 

Youth Scholarships

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

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