Voice of Democracy:  The topic is Why is a Veteran Important. 


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 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 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 at least a scholarship of $1,000.


Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 second max.) audio essay on a flash drive, or other electronic device. You will submit the recording, typed essay and a  completed entry form. The recording must be in your own voice.


Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, 

Your sponsoring VFW Post is VFW7539 Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Only students from the VFW7539 Bloomingdale, Illinois school district area are eligible. All it takes is a little effort and time for you to apply. 


Applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31, 2022
 Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.


Patriot Pen: The topic is My Pledge to Veterans. 


Each year, nearly 68,800 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! 


All essays should be typed in English with no color or graphics and 300 - 400 words in length (+ or - 5 word max). The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, (including, but not limited to your name, school, city, state,


Read the rules and eligibility requirements, 

Download and complete the 2022-2023 entry form here. 


Your entry must be submitted to VFW Post 7539 by midnight
October 31, 2022



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