2016-2017 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, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share

of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s

Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.


The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students in

grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and



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 a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


Grayson Campbell, a senior at Covenant Christian School, was named the 2015-16

Voice of Democracy 1st-place winner.  

Grayson's speech on the 2015-16 theme, "My Vision for America," won him a $30,000 

college scholarship which he plans to apply toward his college career. Grayson was

sponsored by VFW Post 10555 and its Auxiliary in Panama City Beach, Fla.



 Watch and Listen to his winning entry here.


This Year's Theme for 2016-2017 is:

“My Responsibility to America



Loudoun County Virginia students should prepare their essay on this year's theme: "My Responsibility to America" 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, 2016.


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 2016.


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

Loudoun County VFW Post 1177


Attention: Voice of Democracy


Leesburg, VA 20176-2120


Loudoun County High school Students and Teachers can find additional information

in this flyer.