Voice of Democracy - High School Students


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. 

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 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, October 31.


The 2023-24 theme is: 
"How Are You Inspired by America?"

Submit your entry to our post via 

The essays can be mailed to --VFW Essay, PO Box 1123, Tracy, Ca 95376
or you may bring it in person to the VFW Post 1537 meeting @ 6:45pm, every 3rd Thursday in Civic Center Building by the War Memorial.      
 950 East St, Tracy, CA 95376
If you have any questions please contact:
Essay Chairman- Don Burnett--209-815-8860
Bob Carpenter- Post Commander 209-832-1408