2015-2016 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition


VOD Microphone


Did you know the great American Journalist Charles Kuralt was once a winner of the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition?

VOD Winner Charles Kuralt


Watch and listen how this competition made a difference in his life here.


Now, it is YOUR turn!!


Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a

share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the

VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.


Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of

Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to

express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.


 The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s

American university, college or vocational/technical school.


Other national scholarships range from $1,000- $16,000 and the first-place winner from

each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


Adam Densmore, a freshman at Densmore Homeschool, was named the 2014-15 Voice

of Democracy 1st-place winner. 


Adam's speech on the 2014-15 theme, "Why Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future," won him a $30,000 college scholarship which he plans to apply toward his college career. Adam was sponsored by VFW Post 3631 and Ladies Auxiliary in Aurora, Colo.

VOD 1st Place 2015 

 Watch and Listen to his winning entry here.


This Year's Theme for 2015-2016 is:

“My Vision for America



Loudoun County Virginia students should prepare their essay on this year's theme: "Why

Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future" and then record themselves

reading the essay on a CD. 


(For Students residing outside of Loudoun County Virginia, please click HERE to find a

VFW Post near you!)


The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes 

(plus or minus 5 seconds).


The Essay, CD and a complete entry form should then be submitted by mail to

VFW Post 1177 no later than November 1, 2015.


You can download the application HERE



Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and

human interest.


Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner.


Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to

the other.


Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.



Judging begins at the Post Level. Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 will select a

winner from Loudoun County to compete in this prestigious competition at the

District (Northern Va.) level and then that winner will move up to State then National!


For more information or any questions you may have, please contact the VOD Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ATTN: VOD


Applications must be received by November 1st 2015.


Please mail completed application (We'll fill in the LOCAL POST INFO), typed essay and CD to:

VFW Post #1177


Attention: Voice of Democracy


P.O. Box 1933


Leesburg, VA 20177


Loudoun County High school Students and Teachers can find additional information

in this flyer.