2017-2018 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Voice of Democracy submissions for 2017-2018 have been closed.  Good luck.  Updates will be posted shortly.


Did you know the great American Journalist Charles Kuralt was once a winner of the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition?



Now, it is YOUR turn!!

Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share

of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s

Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.


The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students in

grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and



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, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department

wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


Savannah Wittman, a senior at Bret Harte High School, was named the 2016-17 Voice of Democracy first-place winner. Savannah's speech on the theme, "My Vision for America," won her a $30,000 college scholarship which she plans to apply toward her career in veterinary medicine. Savannah was sponsored by VFW Post 12118 and its Auxiliary in Copperopolis, Calif.

 Watch and Listen to her winning entry here.


This Year's Theme for 2017-2018 is:

"American History: Our Hope for the Future



Loudoun County Virginia students should prepare their essay on this year's theme and then record themselves reading the essay on a CD. 


(For Students residing outside of Loudoun County Virginia, please click HERE to find a

VFW Post near you!)


The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes 

(plus or minus 5 seconds).


The Essay, CD and a complete entry form should then be submitted by mail to

VFW Post 1177.


You can download the application HERE



Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and

human interest.


Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner.


Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to

the other.


Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.


Judging begins at the Post Level. Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 will select a

winner from Loudoun County to compete in this prestigious competition at the

District (Northern Va.) level and then that winner will move up to State then National!


For more information or any questions you may have, please contact the VOD Team at contact1177@vfw1177.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ATTN: VOD


Please mail completed application (We'll fill in the LOCAL POST INFO), typed essay and CD to:

Loudoun County VFW Post 1177

Attention: Voice of Democracy

401 Old Waterford Rd.

Leesburg, VA 20176-2120


Loudoun County High school Students and Teachers can find additional information

in this flyer.