High school students! It’s that time again!  The annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) “Voice of Democracy” Patriotic Audio Essay Competition has opened just in time for most of you to start well before your class schedules get hectic!  This year, the VFW will award more than $2 million in scholarships and prizes, including a top prize which includes a $30,000.00 scholarship and all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for two (2)! There will also be plenty of generous national level scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 – $16,000.00 and every VFW Department state level winner receives at least $1,000.00 (some local competitions even award additional funds).

This competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12 enrolled in a U.S. public, private, parochial school or home study program.  This year’s theme, “America: Where Do We Go From Here,” is really on point and is a perfect opportunity and platform for you to share your passionate views on perhaps today’s most pressing topic! You’ve seen the news and know what’s going on, so weigh in with your opinion because the future of America is at stake.  Why not use this opportunity to weigh in with your opinion on America’s direction AND simultaneously compete for generous scholarships to further secure your future and the future of your generation??!!

Entry form and audio submissions are due to your local VFW NLT October 31, 2021! U.S. citizenship is not required, but applicants must be a lawful U.S. permanent resident or have applied for permanent resident status (and have submitted an application that has not been denied) and plan to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity permitted by law.

Check HERE for help locating your local VFW chapter!

Best of luck to all of our smart scholars!

 The Scholarship Center Team


Voices of Democracy Rules and Eligibility

Voices of Democracy Entry Form

VFW National Scholarship Programs Brochure