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Young American Creative Patriotic Art

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Each year, more than 3,500 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 $31,000.
  • The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is open to all students, including home school students, in grades 9-12.
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. National with a maximum age of 18 at time of local entry.
  • The student does not have to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate, but must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring Auxiliary.
  • Two and three dimensional art entries are accepted.
  • Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED.
Visit our website to see the complete list of eligibility requirements and contest rules, updated helpful hints and to see the 2018-2019 state winners or 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-Ninth 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 website for a printer-friendly contest application, fillable media release, informational flyer and more!
We look forward to displaying winners from each Department for National judging at the 2020 National Convention in Reno, Nevada!

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