LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Post 2856 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary are inviting high school students to compete in the 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy audio essay competition.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been theVFW’s premiere scholarship program. Each year, nearly 57,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.

The competition includes writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”

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Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in either a public, private or parochial high school or home study program are invited to submit essays by the Oct. 31 deadline. Entrants must record an original three-to five-minute essay on an audio CD or flash drive on this year’s theme.

Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the post, district, state or national level, and the grand prize award is $30,000.

Applications are available on the VFW website at

Participating Livingston students should send their application and CD/flash drive should be mailed to:

Livingston VFW Post 2856,

95 West Mount Pleasant Avenue

Livingston, NJ 07039

For more information on the local contest, contact Fred Picini, Voice of Democracy Chairman, at or 973-986-5200.