Voice of Democracy

copied by Becky Jeffries - 8/29/2019

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, then download and complete the 2019-20 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31

The 2019-20 theme is: 
What Makes America Great


About the 2018-19 winner ...

Christine Troll, a senior home-school student from Somerset, Pa., was named the 2018-19 Voice of Democracy first-place winner. Christine's speech on the theme, "Why My Vote Matters," won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Christine was sponsored by VFW Post 554 and its Auxiliary in Somerset, Pa. Watch as Christine delivered her winning speech.

Want to catch up on everything that happened this year? You can watch the Parade of Winners ceremony from the 2019 VFW Legislative Conference, see this year's complete list of winners, or listen to the winning essay from your state. 

Post News

Important Info for Post8312 Members

‘Creek students wow room with patriotic essays

BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek students shared their gratefulness for America Jan. 14 with their local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post.

Teacher, firefighter, officer win VFW awards

BEAVERCREEK — A teacher, firefighter and police officer were honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Beavercreek Memorial Post 8312 Jan. 14.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

Job Opportunities with VFW

VFW DEPARTMENT OF OHIO POSITION VACANCY VFW Department of Ohio Administrative Support Specialist

National News

Important info from National VFW

Happy Birthday Army ... and to the Flag You Carry

WASHINGTON - On June 14, The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins in with our grateful nation in celebrating the birthday of the U...

New Study Links Cancers to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

A study published in January found an increased risk for cancers among troops and civilian contractors stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune ...

Announcements


JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Keep up-to-date on how the VFW is working to improve the quality of life for veterans, service members & their families and the community.