2024-2025 Theme
"Is America Today Our Forefathers' Vision?"
Established in 1947, the 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, nearly 25,000 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-$21,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and submit through us as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31st. Download and complete the 2024-2025 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

Please note this year VFW National is using Scholar's App, a cloud-based system to aide in streamlining how the VFW manages the Voice of Democracy scholarship program. Students can simply go online and create an account to submit their application electronically.
For more information, please visit the VFW Department of Virginia Scholar's App webpage.

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About the 2023-24 national winner ...

Sophia Lin, a high school junior at BASIS Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, was named the 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Sophia's speech on the theme, "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?" won her a $35,000 college scholarship.   Watch as Sophia delivered her speech during the VFW's Parade of Winners award ceremony or read it here.