Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy Scholarship provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
Application Requirements and Eligibility for the Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Students must submit a three to five-minute audio essay on a contest theme (changes each year). Open to high school students (9th to 12th grade).
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 enrolled by the Oct. 31 deadline in public, private, parochial school, or home study programs in the U.S., its territories, or its possessions. Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools are also eligible to participate. Award available for all levels of post-secondary study in an American institution. Open to permanent U.S. residents only. Competition starts at the local level. No entries are to be submitted to the National Headquarters.
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-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000.
See https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships or click “Apply Online” for more information
- Aged between 14 and 19 years old
- Must currently be in high school
- Type of institution award is restricted to: two-year college
- Type of institution award is restricted to: four-year college
- Type of institution award is restricted to: trade/technical school
- Type of institution award is restricted to: university
- Application form required
- Essay required