Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000. 
The 2022-2023 theme is:
Why is the Veteran Important?
Voice of Democracy Entry Form
Voice of Democracy Flyer


Each year more than 111,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000.
The 2022-2023 theme is:
My Pledge to Our Veterans.

More information can be found on the VFW National Website: VFW Youth Scolarships



Each year exceptional teachers in each state are recognized by the National Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes each state's top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics—at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.

The VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards (Teacher of the Year) include the following items:
  • Recognition/Award at the Post level
  • Recognition/Award at the District level
  • Recognition/Award at the State/National level

Step 1: In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award. Be sure to describe the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his or her dedication to education.

Step 2: Fill out the 2022-2023 form

Step 3: Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to VFW Post 1503 by October 31st.

Note: Nominations can be submitted themselves, fellow teachers, supervisors, family members or other interested individuals. 

For more information, CLICK HERE.
Student and teacher submissions for these programs can be dropped off or mailed to VFW Post 1503:
Post Surgeon - Charles "Romeo" Marlowe
14631 Minnieville Road
Dale City, VA 22193.