Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. The first-place applicant submitted to the Western Australia VFW Post 12163 will receive a cash prize. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
The Voice of Democracy is open to 9th-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade/year students enrolled by the 31 October deadline in public, private or parochial schools or home study program in the U.S., its territories or its possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U. S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. More information is detailed on the entry form. To qualify, all entries must be submitted to: VFW Post 12163 by midnight 31 October 2019.