Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, the 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, Over 64,000 9th-12th 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 $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. Want to apply? Send us an email at KingGeorgeVFW@gmail.com and please ensure that you put Voice of Democracy in the subject line. Entries must be submitted to us via email by midnight, Oct. 31.


The 2023-2024 theme is: 

"What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"