Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2022-23 entry form application, as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.


The 2022-23 theme is:

 "Why is the Veteran Important?"

 2022 Post Winner(s): Amanda Collingham

Runner(s) Up: Mackenzie Bowman


2021 Post Winner(s): Amanda Collingham and Sophia Wagner

Runner(s) Up: Anna Shapley and William Stanton

2020 Post Winners: Jacy Duffy and Caelan Patel

Runners Up: William Stanton and Hattie Tobery

2019 Post Winner: Caroline Stanton

Runner Up: Sophia Wagner