Each year three exceptional teachers are recognized by the

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism

and patriotism to their students.

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 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

(Teacher of the Year) national winners will receive:

• A $1,000 award to the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade teachers

for professional development expenses.
• $1,000 award for each winning teacher's school.
• Plaques for both the winning teacher and school.
• An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.


Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism

are prime candidates for the award.

If you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall,

organizes community volunteer projects

or invites local veterans to speak in class,

anything to help students develop a better understanding of

democratic values and beliefs,

this award is for them.


Step 1:   In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award.

Be sure to describe the teacher's innovative teaching and resource development methods,

as well as his or her dedication to education.

      Step 2:   Complete the

 VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education

Teacher Award Nomination Form.

Step 3:       Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to your local

VFW Post by November 1st.

*Note: Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers,

supervisors or other interested individuals.

Nominations submitted by relatives or self are not eligible.


Based on the nominees submitted, VFW's local chapters 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.

From there, the 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.

Deadline for submission of nominees is October 31st of each year.