VFW Auxiliary Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest

VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 has announced the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $33,000 in national scholarships.

Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork.  Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted.  The entry must have been completed during the current 2021-2022 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s signature.

Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary will advance to District competition with District winners advancing to the State competition.  State first-place winners compete for their share of $33,000 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship.

National first- through twelfth-place winners will be featured in VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary website. All State winning entries are judged at National Headquarters in Kansas City, MO in July 2022 and will be displayed at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention scheduled to take place July 16 - 21, 2022 in Kansas City, MO.

The VFW Auxiliary started the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.  Approximately 4,000 students participate each year and in addition to $33,000 in national scholarships, local and state VFW Auxiliaries throughout the nation award more than $150,000 in Patriotic Art scholarships every year.

Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 by March 31, 2022. Interested youth, parents/guardians and teachers should contact vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com for more information. To download an application and see the 2021 winners, visit https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.