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 , and find your sponsoring as applications must be turned in by . .
The 2022-23 theme is:
"Why is the Veteran Important?"
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 winners!
VFW Post 12180 winner is: Alicia McGlory
VFW Department of Georgia winner is: Katherine Rosinski, VFW Post 12161
VFW National winner is: Daniela Mare, VFW Post 9486, New York