2023-2024 Theme: "What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?"
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
December 13, District Winners due to Department Chairman
Rules and Eligibility Requirements: VOD Rules / Eligibility
Download the 2023-24 VOD Entry Form here:
Voice of Democracy Entry Form (Fillable)
Voice of Democracy National Awards List
DO NOT mail District entries and required forms to State Headquarters. Mail them directly to the State Voice of Democracy Chairman!
POST PARTICIPATION REPORTING PACKET
DISTRICT PARTICIPATION REPORTING PACKET (by POST):
DISTRICT VOD / PP WINNER REPORT: