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Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country enter the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The first-place winner from each Department (state) advances to National judging and competes for National awards totaling $33,000.

  • Students in grades 9-12 by the March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older, GED and adult education students, or National winners of previous Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contests are ineligible.

Visit our website to see the complete list of eligibility requirements and contest rules, updated helpful hints and to see the 2020-2021 state winners and all previous first-place National winners


  • Entries received by local VFW Auxiliary – March 31
  • Entries received by Department (state) – April 15
  • Entries received by National Headquarters – May 5

National Awards:

  •  First Place: $15,000 scholarship
  • Second Place: $7,500 scholarship
  • Third Place: $3,500 scholarship 
  • Fourth-Fifth Place: $1,500 scholarship
  • Sixth place: $1,000 scholarship
  • Seventh-Twelfth Place: $500 scholarship 

Get the word out in your community about this wonderful scholarship contest! Visit the Scholarships section on the Program & Publicity Resources pageof the VFW Auxiliary National website for a printer-friendly contest application, fillable media release, informational flyer and more.

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