Voice of Democracy Scholarship Awards Updates 2021/2022

Voice of Democracy

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program is now available for interested and qualified applicants who wish to acquire a degree and are currently facing economic hurdles. The fully funded scholarship is open to all fresh high school students in the United States.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Awards Updates 2021/2022

The amazing Voice of Democracy audio-essay program was established in 1947, They provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves regarding a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.


Every year, about 64,500 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 beneficiaries 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.

Eligible Students

The Voice of Democracy Program is accessible 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 take part.

How to Enroll for the Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Download the Voice of Democracy entry form and brochure to submit your essay to your local VFW Post.

Students should record their reading of the draft to an or flash drive or sharable file through email. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes recording their audio onto a flash drive or other recording device, they can submit their typed version, audio and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.

Selection Criteria

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to slide from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

Application Deadline: The Closing date for application is October 31, 2021

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