2021-2022 Theme: "America: Where do we go from here?"
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-$15,000, 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. Want to apply?
Midnight, October 31, Entries to the Post*
November 15, Completion of Post judging**
December 15, Completion of District judging**
December 20, District winning entry due to Department Chairman*
January 10, Completion of Department judging**
January 15, District participation reports to Department Chairman**
January 15, Department winners to National*
January 31, Department reports to National*
Rules and Eligibility Requirements: VOD Rules / Eligibility
Download the 2021-22 VOD Entry Form here: VOD Entry Form
DO NOT mail District entries and required forms to State Headquarters. Mail them directly to the State Voice of Democracy Chairman!
DISTRICT PARTICIPATION REPORTING PACKET (by POST):
DISTRICT VOD / PP WINNER REPORT: