Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

National Achievement Program

Four grants will be awarded in 2017:

  • Charles Kosmutza Memorial Grant: $2,500 & $1000
  • Max R. and Irene Rubenstein Memorial Grant: $1,500
  • Leon Brooks Memorial Grant: $1,000


JWV sponsors an annual essay contest for current service members and veterans who plan to attend or are currently attending an accredited Associates, Bachelor’s nursing, or graduate-degree program.

The National Achievement Program is open to anyone regardless of race, religion, creed, or culture. All veterans are eligible and must be legal residents of the USA.


  • Essays should be between 500-750 words. They must be written in English on an 8 ½ by 11-inch paper. Typed essays are preferred. Please read the question carefully to ensure that your essay covers both parts of the theme.
    • 2017 Essay Theme: What was your military experience AND how will that experience help you pursue your academic studies?
  • The essay will be assessed along the following criteria:
    • 25% Logic and coherence of the essay’s organization
    • 25% Description of relevant military experience
    • 50% Answering both pieces of the essay question clearly and fully
  • Applicants must also submit his or her most recent transcript (high school or college), a copy of a college acceptance letter, and proof of honorable military service, such as a copy of a DD-214, military ID card, etc.

Due Date:

Please send all pieces of the application, including the first page of the application to with the subject line “National Achievement Program” by May 30, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact the Programs Department at 202-265-6280 or .