The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our youth. The Voice of Democracy program was established in 1947 for high school students.
It is an audio-essay program that provides the unique opportunity for students to express themselves regarding a democratic and patriotic themed recorded essay.
The National first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.
Other national scholarships range from $1,000 – $16,000. The first-place winner from each state wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Students in grades 6-8 can enter the Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first place winner wins $5,000. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
This essay program encourages our youth to examine America’s history, and by drafting a 300-400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
This program is offered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts throughout the United States.