2017-2018 Voice of Democracy Program


The Voice of Democracy Program is a joint program with the VFW Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan


Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the county enter to win a share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW's Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.   

THEME:   "American History: Our Hope for the Future”

Eligibility:  Ninth (9th), Tenth (10th), Eleventh (11th) and Twelfth (12th) grade students in public, private, parochial and home schools in the State of Michigan.  Former first place winners at the State and National level competition or any foreign exchange student are not eligible.  Students do not have to be a relative of a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars or its VFW Auxiliary to participate.  

Recording:  Recorded scripts must not be less than THREE (3) minutes nor longer than FIVE (5) minutes.  A five (5) second variation is acceptable to compensate for the possible deviation in equipment.  Scripts MUST be recorded on full size standard FLASH DRIVE OR CD ONLY.  Record all on CD’s or a Flash Drive on a single track. Scripts must be recorded without music or background voice.  Students must not use their names, the name or location of the sponsoring VFW unit, or the name or location of their school.  Recordings must not include any introduction of the script. The only voice on the recording must be that of the student’s.  Special consideration may be given for students that are speech challenged upon written request through District to Department.  Scripts should be recorded using the best possible equipment availablePost and District Chairmen are responsible for the content and quality of the entry.  Every effort should be made to submit the best quality entry possible.

         Cassette Tapes are no longer accepted by State or National.  

Make certain your CD or Flash Drive Plays on another piece of play back equipment other than on the one it was recorded. Make certain your recording has absolutely no back ground noise whatsoever.


Deadlines:  Deadline for Post sponsored program entries is October 31, 2017.  Post judging may not be held before November 1, 2017 and must be completed in time to ensure that winning entries are delivered to the District Chairmen by November 15, 2017.