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 64,500 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 $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 at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.


The 2022-23 theme is: 

"Why is the Veteran Important?"


Congratulations to the 2022-2023 winners! 

VFW Post 12180 winner is:

Miller Doerr (1st place), Eagles Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, GA

VFW 3rd District, Department of Georgia winner is

Ruhi Doddamani (1st place)- VFW Post 12002

VFW Department of Georgia winner isAedyn Smalley, VFW Post 9949

VFW National winner is: TBD