Voice of Democracy

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 ninth through 12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1 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 at least a scholarship of $1,000.

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 2024-25 theme is: 
"Is America Today Our Forefathers' Vision?"