Voice of Democracy

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
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.

Website: Voice of Democracy
Rules & Eligibility: View Here
Application: Access Here
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be in grades 9-12
  • Students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence
  • Record and transcribe an audio essay on the following 2022-23 theme: “America: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Judging Criteria…
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.
Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to another.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner

For assistance contact:
(816) 756-3390 ext. 6155
Email: youthscholarships@vfw.org

$1,000 - $30,000