2nd Place

2nd Place


The contest is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school or a home schooled study program within the United States, its’ territories and possessions; or enrolled in an overseas school as a dependent of the US Military or US Civilian personnel. (Foreign Exchange students are excluded)

The essay must be the contestant’s original work and the participants cannot refer to their race, disabilities, national origin, or identify themselves, their school, city or state, in any way within the essay. All essays must be typewritten and have to be no less than 300 or more than 400 words. A one letter word such as (a), will be counted as one word. Essays either under or above requirements will be disqualified. Posts and Auxiliaries are encouraged to work together in promoting the program.

The VFW scholarship theme for 2017-18 are as follows:

Patriots Pen – “America’s Gift to my Generation”

1st Place




1st Place

Bartonville Post 3883
​Veterans of Foreign Wars
of ​the United States

Who can enter? The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over and previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners are ineligible. What do I need to enter? Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on a standard cassette tape or CD. One student per CD or cassette. Preferred format for CD’s is the audio CD format. When burning your CD, make sure that “Create Audio CD” option (or similar) is selected so the program can properly convert your sound file and burn it to CD. After it has finished, be sure to play back your audio CD on a system other than your computer, such as a standard radio or car CD player, to verify that the conversion/burning process was successful. Label the recording, neatly typed essay and attach this completed entry form. Provide these items to your school/group competition or local VFW Post for judging. All recordings must be in your own voice. Hearing/speech impaired students should contact the Voice of Democracy National Office at (816) 968-1117 for special instructions. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed. The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, although the recording & typed essay should be labeled with your name, to show ownership. You may enter only one Voice of Democracy competition per year.

The VFW scholarship theme for 2017-18

Voice of Democracy – “American History: Our Hope for the Future”