Voice of Democracy


2009-2010 Theme
"Does America Still Have Heroes?"
Entry Deadline
Nov. 1, 2009

The Voice of Democracy, endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals' contest criteria, is an audio essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. The annual contest, which is designed to foster patriotism, allows students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute essay based on an annual theme.

Created in 1947, the scholarship program annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. Each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., plus the opportunity to compete for national scholarships. The first-place national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.

All national scholarships are paid directly to the American university, college or vocational/technical school as selected by the recipient. All scholarship funding is held at National Headquarters in escrow for 10 years from high school graduation. The funds, which are disbursed as needed, may be used for tuition, books, laboratory fees or other items relating specifically to the student's formal education. Clothing, room and board and pocket money are not considered authorized expenditures.

All questions concerning the Voice of Democracy program should be submitted to VFW National Headquarters or Post Commander: Charles Edwards
801 319-4321

How to Enter:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form, along with their essay and recording to a local VFW Post.  For entry form, click here. Mail entry form and audio essay to the local VFW post. Further directions are listed on the entry form.

Follow this link for an application: http://www.vfw.org/resources/pdf/vod.pdf