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The VFW is proud to partner with SVA, for the fourth consecutive year, to host the 2017 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellow program. This provides 10 exceptional student veterans the unique opportunity to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and with other organizations in the veterans' advocacy space. Deadline to apply: October 20, 2017.
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Eligibility for the scholarship:

  • Has a VFW membership
  • Enrolled at a college or university with an active SVA chapter
  • Pursuing a degree in political science, government, communications, history, law or a related field 
  • Submitted an essay following the provided guidelines
  • Participated in a phone interview with the selection committee

Essay Requirements

  • Select 1 of 4 policy issues to focus advocacy effortsDiscuss why the issue is important to the veterans' community, the local impact of this issue on their community and propose a solution through legislative advocacy.
    • The success of veterans in the civilian job sector;
    • The future of VA health care;
    • The success of veterans in higher education; or
    • The successful transition from military to civilian life
  • Discuss why the issue is important to the veterans’ community, the local impact of this issue on their community and propose a solution through legislative advocacy
  • Essay should be 400 to 600 words


25445952136 6f543be0e2 oFellows will be flown to Washington, DC to participate in the VFW National Legislative Conference from March 4th to 9th, 2018, with the opportunity to advocate alongside VFW staff and represent their states. This is an opportunity to share issues facing today's student veterans alongside mentors from the VFW National Legislative Committee. Fellows meet with policy-makers from federal agencies responsible for implementing veterans' policy and reporters covering military and veterans' affairs.

After the VFW National Legislative Conference, fellows will execute their advocacy plan in their home district and submit a comprehensive report on their experience to their VFW state convention, as well as VFW and SVA national offices. A 2014 fellow, Robert Thoen, shared his takeaways from this experience,

"It is hard to nail down the biggest benefit of the fellowship. Was it the new friends and allies I made, the lobbying experience, or the new-found appreciation discovered for the VFW? For me, I guess in the end it is a little bit of each."

Expenses covered for the fellowship include airfare, hotel accommodations, local transportation to/from meetings and a per diem allowance. The deadline to apply is October 21,2016. A formal announcement of the next fellowship class will be at SVA’s National Conference in January. 

Spread the word and help student veteran community on your campus and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to advocate for the needs of their peers.  For more information, check out this op-ed written by a 2014 fellow.

Past fellows earned academic credit for their experience, as well as found internships, accepted additional academic opportunities, and landed jobs as a result of their fellowship experience. Deadline to apply: October 20, 2017.




If you have any questions regarding the application or the opportunity, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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