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 more than
$1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through
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-$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 requirements.
Post Level, District Level, and Department Level Awards Presented dependent upon Ranking.
One big recent development on Entries - Electronic Entries Are Acceptable to Post Level. AND Actually Encouraged!!!! The 2021-2022 Program received 2 Electronic Entries this year. The First and Second Place Winners were submitted this way. Get the Word out in your communities and let them know where to submit them to. AND Both were received early in the program. This takes it out of school c0ntrol which might be a good thing.
The 2023 - 2024 Voice of Democracy Theme is;
"What are the Greatest Attributes of our Democracy?”
Deadline to Post - 31 October, to District 15 November
2023 - 2024 Entry Form
2023 - 2024 Rules and Eligibility
VOD Post Score Sheet
PP / VOD Chairman's Manual