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 64,500 students in Grades 9-12 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.  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 2021-2022 Entry Form  

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

Dennis Parmer    dennisparmer@hotmail.com    678-704-7410

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 2021-2022 theme is   America :  Where Do We Go From Here ?

About the 2020-2021 Winner

Erin Stoeckig, a high school junior from Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota, was named the 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy first place winner.  Erin's speech on the theme, "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned ?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Erin was sponsored by VFW Post 1215 and its Auxiliary in Rochester, Minnesota.

Watch Erin deliver her speech during the VFW's first-ever virtual Parade of Winners

See the complete list of 2020-2021 National Winners

Listen to the Winning Essay from each State