The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generations. If you are or know of a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship, this program is made for you.

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, more than 25,000 9th-12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.3 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships ranging from $1,000-$16,000 can be seen here. 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 click here for the official 2023-24 entry form application. Fill it out completely, print, sign and enclose with your entry. Remember, all student entries must be submitted to Wake Forest Memorial VFW Post 8466 by midnight, October 31. The 2023-24 theme is "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"
Contact us via email through this website to arrange for delivery of your entry, or simply mail it to us (must be postmarked before midnight, October 31) using the address at the bottom of this page.