Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary - Dept. of WI


Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW's) premier scholarship program.  Each year. almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 enrolled by the October 31st deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private of parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school.

Click HEREfor full details of the 2017-2018 Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay Contest and entry form.

2017 State of WI Winners

Continuing Education Scholarship

The VFW Auxiliary is please to present scholarships to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree at a Technical school.  A spouse, daughter and son of a member are also eligible to apply.

One scholarship will be presented each year to a selected candidate in each of the four VFW Auxiliary Conferences.  Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.  Qualifying member must have been a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one year prior to application.  Previous National winners are not eligible.


  • July 1 Application Process Begins
  • February 15:  All applications must be submitted to the National VFW Auxiliary
  • May 1:  Scholarship recipients are notified

Continuing Education Scholarship Brochure

Click HERE for the Continuing Education Scholarship Application.


Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.  Patriot's Pen is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students enrolled by the October 31st deadline in public, private or parochial schools in the U.S., its territories or its possessions.  Home-schooled students are also eligible.

Click HERE for full details of the 2017-2018 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest and entry form.

National Scholarships


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

HEREfor full details of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest and entry form.

Department National Scholarships Chairperson

Mary Brown
W159 N11033 Legend Ave.
Germantown, WI  53022
(262) 251-9037

District National Scholarships Chairpersons

Terry Hannaman
3824 14th Ave.
Kenosha, WI  53140
(262) 344-0196
Ellie LeMacher
507 Lexington Blvd.
Fort Atkinson, WI  53538
(920) 563-6551
Roxanne Amble
PO Box 40
Arena, WI  53503
(608) 753-2354
Shirley Anderson
8141 W. Oklahoma Ave. #8
Milwaukee, WI  53219
(414) 546-2476
Joann Seymour
705 S. 22nd St.
Sheboygan, WI  53081
(920) 457-3715
Diana Sweet
1918 13th Dr.
Friendship, WI  53934
(608) 548-2762
Samantha Wierer
914 Square Terrace
Green Bay, WI  54313
(920) 562-9520
Cathy Zabel
1077 15th St.
Barron, WI  54812
(715) 537-1776
Jackie Gregory
W5463 Apple Ave.
Medford, WI  54451
(715) 748-5373
Marlene Powell
204 Case St.
Baraboo, WI  53913
(608) 393-0502