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 $1.3 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. 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 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy entry form here.


  • Entry to Post by October 31
  • Post judging completed by November 15
  • Post updates to All-American Dashboard November 15
  • District Judging completed by December 1
  • District approves Post reports on All American dashboard by December 1
  • State Judging completed by December 31
  • State winners to National by January 15 

The 2023-24 theme is: 

"What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"


Congratulations to the 2023-2024 winners! 

VFW Post 12180 winner is:

Chandler Elyse Lewis, Woodward Academy

VFW 10th District, Department of Georgia winner is

Chandler Elyse Lewis, Woodward Academy

VFW Department of Georgia winner is 

Bailey Borna, District 1, Post 5262, (1st place)

Weston Bennion, District 3, Post 12002, (2nd place)

Chandler Elyse Lewis, District 10, Post 12180, 3rd place-Tie)

Madison Dunn, District 6, Post 6602 3rd place-Tie)

VFW National winner is: TBD