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 more than $1.9 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
The 2022-2023Theme is: "Why Is The Veteran Important"