Voice of Democracy

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 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. Want to apply? CLICK HERE .  All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

VFW Post 322 will be offering the following prizes:

1st Place - $150

2nd Place - $100

3rd Place - $50


The 2023 theme is: 
A What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?