Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Submit a democratic and patriotic-themed essay to fund your dreams!

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TYPE
Essay
REWARD
$5,000
DEADLINE
October 31, 2022

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generations. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

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 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 ranges from $1,000-$16,000, 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 find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

The 2022-23 theme is:

"Why is the Veteran Important?"

About the 2021-2022 winner ...

Daniela Mare, a junior at Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, was named the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Daniela's speech on the theme, "America: Where Do We Go from Here?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Daniela VFW Post 9486 and its Auxiliary in Centereach, New York. Watch as Daniela delivered her speech during the VFW's virtual Parade of the Winners award ceremony.

Want to catch up on everything that happened this year? You can watch the full virtual Parade of the Winners ceremony, which was streamed live on Facebook or see this year's complete list of winners.

Contact

  • Scholarship Committee
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • 406 W. 34th Street
  • Kansas City, MO 64111
  • youthscholarships@vfw.org
  • 816-968-1117 x756
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Submit a democratic and patriotic-themed essay to fund your dreams!

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