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-$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 Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and check back when the 2017-18 competition opens in early 2017.
The 2016-17 theme is:
My Responsibility to America
About the 2015-16 winner...
Grayson Campbell, a senior at Covenant Christian School, was named the 2015-16 Voice of Democracy first-place winner. Grayson's speech on the 2015-16 theme, "My Vision for America," won him a $30,000 college scholarship which he plans to apply toward his college career. Grayson was sponsored by VFW Post 10555 and its Auxiliary in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Watch Grayson deliver his speech, read his essay, or see the complete list of all 2016 winners.