The 2019-20 theme is: 
What Makes America Great


Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 


The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirementsand download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post. 


 The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is especially designed for high school students from grades 9 through 12 including home school students. The program dates back to 1947 and continues to be one of the VFW’s most exciting programs. The VFW annually commits $3 million in scholarships and incentives at the Post, District, State and National levels.


Participants write and then record a three to five minute essay on a patriotic theme selected annually. The Voice of Democracy is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is designed to foster patriotism in the participants and to enhance their written and oral communication skills. In addition, this program demonstrates to your local schools and community the VFW’s interesting the youth of today.