Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions, and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.

The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a certified/licensed elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:

    A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.
    A $1,000 award for his/her school.
    Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.
    An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award. 

Please review the rules and eligibility requirements and nominate a teacher you know by submitting the 2023-2024 nomination form.

Looking to share updated information and materials on VFW's Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen and Teacher Award programs? Share our National Scholarship Brochure with the students and educators in your community.


    Teacher of the Year Rules and Eligibility
    Teacher Post to District Chairman Report
    Teacher of the Year Post to District Submission form and Information