2021-2022 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition



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

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Check out his video message below!



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.


Erin Stoeckig, a high school junior from Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota, was named the 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Erin's speech on the theme, "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Erin was sponsored by VFW Post 1215 and its Auxiliary in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Watch and Listen to her winning entry: Click Here


This Year's Theme for 2021-2022 is:


"America: Where Do We Go From Here?”


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. 2021.

Download the rules: Click Here

Download the application: Click 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/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 2021