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Patriotic Art



Student Deadline: March 31. Participants must submit entries to a local VFW Auxiliary Scholarships Chairman by this date. The first-place winner from each VFW Auxiliary will be sent to the Department Scholarships Chairman for judging.

District Judging:
(Optional) If held, the District winners must meet the Department deadline for judging.

Department Judging:
Auxiliary or District entries must be received by the by April 15.

National Deadline:
Department entries in the National Contest must be received at Auxiliary VFW National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, 10th Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, by May 5. Only the First-Place Department Winner is eligible for the National Competition. (There are 51 Departments; one from every state and the District of Columbia.


Those selected to judge the contest on all levels, will be teachers, professionals, and persons knowledgeable in art. Comments of local and state judges will be attached to the painting and forwarded with it.


Students must be in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring Auxiliary. Home-schooled students are eligible; foreign exchange students are not.


$10,000.........................................First-Place Scholarship
$ 5,000....................................Second-Place Scholarship
$ 2,500........................................Third-Place Scholarship


First place winner will receive a Certificate and $250.00.

FIRST PRIZE includes a plaque, and airfare plus two nights' lodging to attend the 2017 Auxiliary National Convention. The first-place art will be and featured on the cover of the National Auxiliary VFW Magazine and on this Web site.

Second and third-place winning entries
in the National Contest will be featured in the Magazine and on this Web Site.

The three winning entries will be held until September 2017, so they can be displayed at the Auxiliary National Convention. They will be returned directly to the students.


Art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used. Digital art may be used but must be on paper or canvas...No discs will be accepted. When submitting computer/digital art, be aware that all images need to be original; i.e., do not scan in or otherwise use photographs or art created by others; all images incorporated must be the artist's own and not lifted from publications or outside sources.

Do not frame! Submit canvas entries on stretcher frames. Other entries must be matted on white. Do not use color mats. In matting, use heavy paper to reinforce back. Mounted and floating mats may also be used. The art should be no smaller than 8" x 10" but no larger than 18" x 24", not including mat.

Be sure to complete entry form and attach to back of entry. Note that you must be sponsored by a Auxiliary or a foreign-based Auxiliary or Post.

Package art so that it can be mailed without being damaged.

If you use the American Flag in your entry -- it must conform to the Federal Flag Code as far as color, number of stars and stripes, and other pertinent rules of the code. Please use the American Flag in its entirety. (You can get a copy of the code from your Auxiliary VFW or local library.)

Entry must have been done during 2016
-2017 School Year -- notice that you must have your teacher's signature.  Each student may submit only one entry.

Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation, and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and clarity of ideas; the design technique, total impact of work; and uniqueness.

Special Note:
National Winners of the 2015-2016 contest may not compete in future Auxiliary VFW Patriotic Art Contests.


Every student must be sponsored by a Auxiliary VFW which is located in the same state as the student attends school. Please download the forms below for the entry information.  Entries must be judged by the local Auxiliary as a first step in the contest.  If you need additional assistance, contact VFW 12024 Auxiliary President Paula Ison: pgison@comcast.net

Please send application to our Post / Auxiliary for submissions

VFW Auxiliary 12024
P.O. Box 8341
The Woodlands, TX 77387-8341

Patriotic Art 2016 - 2017 Entry Form


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