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 64,500 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.

Our local post winners will receive awards of $500, $300 and $200 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Winning entries are sent to district with those winners sent on to Department (Texas) and those winners on to National.  At each level there are cash or scholarship awards.


Read the rules and eligibility requirements, download and complete the entry form before you submit your  by Midnight, Oct. 31 to

VFW Post 9182
Attn: Voice of Democracy
P.O. Box 37
Katy, TX 77492