Voice of Democracy audio-essay program is now accepting applications from suitably qualified students into their Voice of Democracy Scholarship for young high school students. It is a fully funded scholarship for all students. Scroll down to read in details.
Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves regarding a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.
Each year, nearly 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 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.
Who Can Apply
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 enrolled by the Oct. 31 deadline in public, private, parochial school, or home study programs in the U.S., its territories or its possessions. Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools are also eligible to take part.
How to Enter Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Download the Voice of Democracy entry form and brochure to submit your essay to your local VFW Post.
audio and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.
Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to slide from one idea to the other.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Deadline
Oct. 31st 2021