Just as we work hard to serve and support veterans, service personnel and military families, the VFW sponsors many programs that recognize excellence among youth, students, adults, employers, healthcare personnel and safety professionals who make a difference in their communities. Entries must be submitted by a local VFW Posts that participate in these programs. Post 7343 is a participant, contact us for more information.

Barger Nursing Scholarships – The Department awards six $1,000 scholarships to nursing students who are veterans or related to veterans.

Citizenship Education: Teachers of the Year
– Each year, we honor a teacher in the elementary, junior high and senior high school categories for their efforts to teach students about being responsible citizens, about appreciation the freedoms that they have and about the role that veterans have played in keeping America free. Post-level teacher winners advance on to the District VFW contest.

Coloring Contest for 2nd-5th grades – VFW and its Auxiliary hold a coloring contest each year for grades 2-5 to help young students develop patriotism; one winner per grade. Judging is held in February and Post winners advance to District.

Eagle Scout Award – One Eagle Scout is presented with the PA VFW Eagle Scout of the Year Award. Entries must be submitted through the VFW Post, which forwards to the State Youth Activities Chairman.

Geiger Scholarship – This annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a high school student advancing to secondary education (must be related to a veteran). Deadline for entry is March 1st.

Patriot’s Pen (Jr. High Speech Contest) – Students from grades 6-8 enter to win a cash prize by writing a speech on a patriotic theme. The Post winner will attend a banquet for VFW student scholarships in February and present the winning essay.

Public Safety Awards  – Recognition is given each year to one firefighter, police officer and EMS responder. All nominations must be made through a Pennsylvania VFW Post.

Voice of Democracy (High School Essay Contest) – Invites students grades 9-12 to express themselves about democratic ideas and principles. The Post winners will attend a banquet for VFW student scholarships in February where the top three essays are recognized and monetary prizes are awarded. As part of this contest program, the VFW holds the Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year Contest*, which gives recognition to a teacher who encourages students to participate in the contest. General information about the contest can be obtained at