Livingston High School Social Studies Department, in close association with Livingston Post 2856 of the Veterans' of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Ladies Auxiliary, will once again sponsor the annual Voice of Democracy essay contest and scholarship competition.

    Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.  Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through 12th-grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 
    The national first-place winner receives a $35,000 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-$21,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. 
    Applications are available on the VFW website at vfw.org/VOD.
    This year's theme: "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"
    Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 (home study included) are invited to submit essays by the Oct. 31 deadline. Entrants must record an original three-to-five-minute essay on a flash drive on this year’s theme.  Students can send their application and flash drive should be mailed to:

    Livingston VFW Post 2856

    95 West Mount Pleasant Avenue

    Livingston, NJ 07039

    ATTN 2023 VOD

    For more information, students can contact John Powers at jlpowers2707@gmail.com  NOTE: The body of the essay must not identify the student in any way, (including, but not limited to their name, school, city, state, race, or national origin) although the recording & typed essay should be labeled with your name, to show ownership.

    Applications received at the post AFTER the 31st will not be eligible.


    In addition to your submission to the VFW Post, please send all entries to Mr. Raphael's office as well.  


    If you would like additional information about this program, please click on this link:


    Voice of Democracy information and entry forms