Contests & Scholarship Programs
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition (VOD) is for students in grades 9-12. The high school students have the opportunity to compete in the annual 3- 5 minute audio-essay competition and win thousands of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C, as well as dozens of other awards. This program is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. (NASSP)
The state awardees currently receive at least a $1,000 national scholarship and any one of them could win the $30,000 first place award. Contact our Post for a brochure and the application or click below:
VOD Application for 2013-14 (TBA) (FILL-IN ON LINE AND PRINT USING "PRINT FORM" BUTTON)
Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition
The Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. These students have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars in U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference. This program is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. (NASSP)
Currently, the top 45 national winners all receive at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first place award currently is a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the awardee and a parent or guardian. Contact our Post for a brochure and the application or click below.
Patriot's Pen Application for 2013-14 (TBA) (FILL-IN ON LINE AND PRINT USING "PRINT FORM" BUTTON)
VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship
The VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship is for a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or Sea Scout Ship who has been the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Venture Silver Award, or Quartermaster Award. In addition, the Scout must have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, Scouting, and the community; have reached his or her 15 th birthday and is enrolled in high school at the time of selection. Entrance is only through one VFW Post. Contact our Post for a brochure and the application.
VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher (Teacher of the Year) Award
Each year three exceptional teachers are recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics—at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.
The VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards (Teacher of the Year) include the following items:
• A $1,000 award to the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade teachers for professional development expenses.
• $1,000 award for each winning teacher’s school.
• Plaques for both the winning teacher and school.
• An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.
Contact our Post for a brochure and the nomination form or click below.
Teacher of the Year Award Nomination Form for 2013 (FILL-IN ON LINE AND PRINT USING "PRINT FORM" BUTTON)
VFW Recognition Program for Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician for 2012-2013
The Washington Elm VFW Post 192 is the Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus Congressionally-chartered Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and one of the oldest organizations in Ho-Ho-Kus and Ridgewood. The Post members have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with many organizations in both communities such as the Police Department, Ambulance Corps, Emergency Services, and the Fire Department. In fact, some of the members of these agencies have been or are VFW Post 192 members.
As we near the 73rd anniversary of the Post on September 23, 2012, we are reaching out to the surrounding communities of Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River, and Upper Saddle River for an individual or individuals who should be considered as outstanding in our local law enforcement, firefighting, and/or emergency medical organizations and be considered for recognition by the VFW according to the guidelines in the application.
Contact our Post for the nomination requirements or click below.
LEO, Firefighter, EMT Nomination Application for 2013 (FILL-IN ON LINE AND PRINT USING "PRINT FORM" BUTTON)
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Washington Elm VFW Post 192 is located at 620 Cliff Street in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 and welcomes as members all active duty or veterans of all wars, conflicts, and military actions, if qualified.