Established in 1947, VFW's 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, more than 51,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The 2020-21 theme is: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?
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.
Students should read the rules and eligibility requirements, download the 2020-21 entry form application, and forward with their essay directly to Marianne Kramer, Scholarship Ambassador for the VFW Auxiliary at firstname.lastname@example.org. All student entries must be submitted by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020.