Voice of Democracy
Program at a Glance
What is it?
Started in 1947, the Voice of Democracy Program is the VFW's premiere, National Audio Essay Scholarship Competition designed to give high school students the opportunity to voice their opinions on their responsibility to our country and to convey their thoughts via the broadcasting media to all
. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. America
Who is eligible?
9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in public, parochial and private schools or a home study program in the
and overseas. U.S. Citizenship required. Former first place State Winners are not eligible to participate again. Foreign exchange students are not allowed to participate. United States
What are the prizes?
Awards are given on the local, District and State levels. Typically, the state winner is provided with a four-day all expense paid trip to
, plus the opportunity to compete for more than $2.5 million in national scholarships and incentives. Washington, D.C.
Visit our V.F.W. National Website to
See the Results of the 2016-17
Voice of Democracy Contest Theme
"American History: Our Hope for the Future"
Deadline to Local Posts:
November 1, 2017
2017-18 Forms Available Soon
All entries must be sponsored by a
local VFW Post