John F. Wade Vietnam Veteran Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sponsored by The Dear Vietnam Vet Organization


Graduating senior who has been accepted and will be attending an accredited public college or university full-time, who is a U.S. citizen and legal resident of the USA.
The goal of this scholarship program is for the applicant to gain a deeper understanding of the service of a Vietnam Veteran and give them a proper thank you. Applicant must interview a Vietnam Veteran and write an essay based on the veteran and his/her service in the Vietnam War. Interviewee must be a US Military Vietnam Combat Veteran (any branch of the service) who served in country during the Vietnam War between 1965-1975. Applicant may focus on (but is not limited to) the veteran’s military specialty (job), where they were stationed (they must have served in country in Vietnam), how the veteran feels about their service, and how that service has affected their lives today. Applicant must follow up the interview with a handwritten or typed thank you letter or card. Applicant may also be more creative in thanking the veteran and originality of that thank you enhances the application. What the applicant learns from the interview and how he or she thanks the veteran is most important to the judging committee. Essays will also be judged on originality, appearance and grammar.

To apply the applicant must submit:

  1. Complete application
  2. An essay that is:
    • a. Original
    • b. Typed, double spaced
    • c. Three to five pages in length
  3. A copy of the hand-written or typed thank you letter or card to the veteran for his/her service. (If a more creative thank you is given to the Vietnam Veteran please detail along with the copy of the thank letter or card given. The more creative and unique the better but always must include a personal thank you card or note to the veteran).
  4. Confirmation to the scholarship committee that the Veteran received the thank you. (This is the most important part of the scholarship. The thank you MUST be given prior to submitting application for this scholarship. If the veteran does not get a thank you prior to the scholarship deadline the applicant will be disqualified from being eligible for receiving the scholarship money). The scholarship committee will confirm the receipt of the thank you prior to judging.

Entries that do not meet these specific requirements will not be considered. Applicants can contact the local VFW, American Legion or the DAV to locate a Vietnam Veteran to interview (contact information provided).

Amount: $500
Application Form

How to apply:

Completed application package must be submitted by email with a hard copy mailed to the addresses below. Must be postmarked before May 1, 2017.

Interview the Vietnam Veteran, write an essay based on the veteran and his/her service in the Vietnam War. Present the veteran with a personalized thank you letter or card, keeping a copy for your submittal. Put the package together including the application, the essay, and copy of thank you letter/card given to the veteran. Everything is to be scanned in (must be a clear copy) and emailed to Then the original hard copy must be mailed to the address below before deadline.

Dear Vietnam Vet
PO Box 1383
Bluffton, SC 29910

Due date for submission: May 1, 2017.