VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

2020-21 Theme "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" 

 

Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.


Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college, or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000 - $16,000, and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.