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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, nearly 80,000 high school 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 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.
The 2022-23 theme is "Why Is The Veteran Important?".
Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirement on the Entry Form below.
VOD Entry Form and Requirements
VOD/PP Chairman's Manual
VOD District to Department Summary Sheet
VOD District to Department Awards Form
VOD Post Score Sheet