The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-theme recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The 2017-18 theme is: American History: Our Hope for the Future

Want to apply? Download a copy of the Voice of Democracy information and application brochure here and submit your entry to VFW Post 7766 PRIOR TO 31 OCTOBER 2017.

About the 2016-17 winner ...
Savannah Wittman, a senior at Bret Harte High School, was named the 2016-17 Voice of Democracy first-place winner. Savannah's speech on the theme, "My Vision for America," won her a $30,000 college scholarship which she plans to apply toward her career in veterinary medicine. Savannah was sponsored by VFW Post 12118 and its Auxiliary in Copperopolis, Calif. Watch Savannah deliver speech, read her essay, or see the complete list of 2017 winners.

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. The 2017-18 theme is:
America's Gift to My Generation

Want to apply? Download a copy of the Patriot's Pen information and entry form here. before submitting your entry to VFW Post 7766 PRIOR TO 31 OCTOBER 2017.

About the 2016-17 winner ...
Lindi Compton, an eighth-grade student, was named the 2016-17 Patriot's Pen first-place winner. Her essay on the theme, "The America I Believe In," won her a $5,000 award. Lindi was sponsored by VFW Post 5813 and its Auxiliary in Greensburg, Ky. Watch Lindi deliver her winning essay, read her essay or see the complete list of 2017 national winners.

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 National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recipients are selected from entries submitted by local VFW Posts in every state and overseas.

Download the application brochure to get more program information and to nominate a teacher before the 1 November deadline. Program brochure.

One of the basic tenets of VFW is service. Junior and Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) prepare our young men and women for careers of military service. As these individuals fulfill their obligations to the nation, many will serve in harm's way and become eligible for VFW.

VFW ROTC awards give special recognition of outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership ability. These awards are available for both JROTC and NJROTC programs.

Post 7766 proudly supports NJROTC organizations at both Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos and Orange Glen High School in Escondido.
The 2016-2017 Cadets of the Year are Cadet Commander Leo Ryu of Westview High, and Cadet Antonio Miller at Orange Glen High. Congratulations to these two fine patriot students! They each received a certificate for their performance and a medal indicating their achievement.

This post is the co-sponsor of the RB Veterans Memorial in Webb Lake Park, dedicated on 4 July 1994. The other co-sponsor is the General J.P. Holland Chapter of the M.O.W.W. organization of Rancho Bernardo. Each year we participate in the three celebrations at the memorial on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Volunteers from the post, along with co-sponsor, our sponsored Boy Scout Troop 685, set up the chairs, tents, podium, and audio system. We also present the flags of the branches of military services, the Merchant Marine and the POW/MIA and act as emcees. See more about the RB Veterans Memorial here.

  Boy Scouts

 The VFW and Boys Scouts of America have a long and mutually beneficial relationship.

 Post 7766 proudly charters local Boy Scout Troop 685 of San Diego and Cub Scout Pack 618 of Poway.

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