VOD 2020-2021 Theme


What is the Voice of Democracy Program?

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 57,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is..

Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?

VOD Rules


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 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply?

VOD Entry Form
All student entries must be submitted to a local VFW Post by midnight, Oct 31st, 2020.
VOD Local Post
Do you want to be inspired by our youth? Listen to the 2019-2020 winning essays.
VOD Listen