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Girl WalkingOf course, summer is the time to rest, relax at the beach, and eat an ice cream cone (or two!). But, for motivated high school students, it is also the perfect time to begin working on college scholarship applications.

Once the stress of final exams, group presentations, and semester-long projects is over, students can — and should — organize their list of scholarships and begin the applications.

For tips, please visit our recent article How to Win Scholarships.

And, students can start their list with the $30,000 Voice of Democracy Program. The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Click here to access the Voice of Democracy 2016-17 entry form and brochure.

To view the complete list of national scholarship awards available, click here. 


Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to an audio CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.


  • 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.

Read the previous winning essay from 2015.  And, for more information, please visit the Voice of Democracy Program.

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