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 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first-place winner receives a $35,000 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-$21,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000. 
The 2022-2023 theme is:
Why is the Veteran Important?
Voice of Democracy Brochure and Entry Form
Voice of Democracy Flyer
More information can be found on the VFW National Website: VFW Youth Scolarships
For additional information or help finding a post to submit your entry, send an email to vod@vfwus.org.