Program Description

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, 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. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school.  The 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. 

VFW Post 12002 is once again proud to support this Program and provide the following additional cash prizes at the Post level :

                    1st Place Winner  - $200.00        2nd Place Winner  -  $150.00        3rd Place Winner  -  $100.00

How to Apply

1.  Read the Rules and Eligibility Requirements

2.  Download and complete the 2020-2021 Entry Form  

3.  If you have any questions, contact Post 12002's Voice of Democracy Program Chairman :

                  Gary Parnaby    gparn69@gmail/com    770-862-1564

4.  Submit your Entry Form, typed Essay and Audio Recording by Mail or eMail to the Program Chairman by midnight on October 31

This Year's Theme

The 2020-2021 theme is   Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned ?

About the 2019-2020 Winner

Shruthi Kumar, a high school senior from Marian High School in Omaha, Nebraska, was named the 2019-2020 Voice of Democracy first place winner.  Shruthi's speech on the theme, "What Makes America Great," won her a $30,000 college scholarship.  Shruthi was sponsored by VFW Post 1581 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Watch the Parade of Winners ceremony at the VFW's 2020 Legislative Conference

See the complete list of 2019-2020 National Winners

Listen to the Winning Essay from each State