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2023-2024 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Submissions for this years contest are closed. Thank you for your participation!


Watch this spot for the new 2024-2025 VOD Contest Theme

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship then this scholarship may be for you.



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

 American Journalist Charles KuraltQuote by Charles Kuralt 


Check out his video message below!


Now, it is YOUR turn!!

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 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.3 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first place winner receives a $35,000 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-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000.


Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements.

Download and complete the 2024-2025 Voice of Democracy entry form here (AVAILABLE IN SPRING).

Scotland Stewart, a sophomore at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee,, was named the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Scotland’s speech on the theme, "Why is the Veteran Important?" won him a $35,000 college scholarship. Scotland was sponsored by VFW Post 1893 in Estill Springs, Tennessee.

Watch as Scotland delivered his speech during the VFW's virtual Parade of Winners award ceremony.
This Year's Theme for 2024-2025 is: 



Loudoun County Virginia students should prepare their essay on this year's theme and then record themselves reading the essay on a CD or Thumb Drive (TD). 


(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/TD and a complete entry form should then be submitted by mail to

VFW Post 1177 and must be received before 31 Oct.



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/TD to:

Loudoun County VFW Post 1177

Attention: Voice of Democracy

401 Old Waterford Rd.

Leesburg, VA 20176-2120

All submissions must be received before 31 October