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Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

Awards to Recognize USA K-12 Teachers for Exceptional
Teaching of Patriotism and Civic Responsibility

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Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States

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Awards to recognize USA K-12 teachers for their exceptional dedication to teaching patriotism and Americanism to their students. One elementary school, middle school, and high school teacher will be selected at the national level. Teachers who promote flag etiquette, civic responsibility, and patriotism are prime candidates for the award.

The VFW Teacher of the Year award is appropriate for teachers who plan field trips to city hall, organize community volunteer projects, invite local veterans to speak in class, or conduct any other activity to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179165

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Number of Grants:

3 (Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12)

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Winners recieve:

- 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A current classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher (in grades K-12) whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals.

Nominations submitted by relatives or self are not eligible.

Previous national VFW winners are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Submit to local VFW Post by October 31. Judging occurs November 1-15.

Based on the nominees submitted, VFW's local chapters - called Posts - will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit their winning names to their District-level judging. Selected winners are forwarded to the Department-level (state-level). Once they are judged on a state level, the winners are passed along to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit nomination materials to your local VFW Post. (See for locations, or call the VFW Programs Department at the phone number indicated below to find the Post nearest to you. Do not send to VFW National Headquarters.)

For more information, contact your local VFW Post or its Auxiliary.

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
VFW Programs Department
406 W. 34th St.
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 756-3390 ext. 6287

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