Voice of Democracy

2019 - 2020


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 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

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. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the 2019-20 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to Post 9191 by midnight, Oct. 31. 


The 2019-2020 theme is: 
What Makes America Great

Entries begin at our Post 9191. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to VFW Post 9191 /Auxiliary no later than November 1, 2019.  


Please send application to VFW Post 9191 / VFW Auxiliary for submissions.

VFW Post 9191 / VFW Auxiliary
3307 Zephyr Rd
Killeen, TX