Grades 9th-12th

2022-2023 Theme

"Why Is The Veteran Important?”


Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2022

Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize: $30,000 Award


What is the Voice of Democracy Program?

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 80,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, "Why Is The Veteran Important?”


Why Should I Enter?

Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $156,000 in national awards. 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.

Want to apply?

Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form as all student entries must be submitted to Jackson County VFW Post 6073 by midnight, Oct. 31