Scholarship Spotlight: Patriot’s Pen Scholarship

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Does your child like to write? Are they interested in political events and US history? Are they in middle school? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, this is an early college scholarship to consider applying for. And if you missed the deadline (or have older students), check out the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ other scholarship opportunity, the Voice of Democracy award.

Scholarship: Patriot’s Pen Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Veterans of Foreign Wars

Amount: $5,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: varies

Eligible Students:  Students in 6th-8th grades

How to Apply:  Submit a short essay of 300-400 words in length that addresses the theme, “Is this the country the founders envisioned?”

Deadline: October 31


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.