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 and download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post. 

 Department of Arizona VOD Chair ~ Tim Ogden Post 9400

Voice of Democracy Application

The 2021-2022 theme is: 
"AMERICA; Where do we go from here?"

Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen
*October 31, Student entries to the Post
November 15, Completion of Post judging
December 15, Completion of District judging
January 10, Completion of Department judging
January 15, District participation reports due to Department Chairmen
*January 15, Department winners due to National
*January 31, Department reports due to National
Department of Arizona Chairman:  Tim Ogden  Post 9400  Email: