|scholarship program annually provides more than $2.5
million in scholarships. Contestants write and record a three to five minute
essay on an annual theme.
Each Department's first place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to
Washington, D.C., plus the opportunity to compete for national scholarships.
The first place national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. All national
scholarships are paid directly to the American university, college or
vocational/technical school as selected by the recipient.
All scholarship funding is held at National Headquarters in escrow for ten
years from high school graduation. The funds, which are disbursed as needed
may be used for tuition, books, laboratory fees or other items relating
specifically to the student's formal education. Clothing, room and board and
pocket money are not considered authorized expenditures.
Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an
audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually
provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who
competes with all the first-place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000
scholarship that is paid directly to the recipientís American university,
college or vocational/technical school.
Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national
scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place
winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by
The VOD program is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School
contest criteria and is designed to foster patriotism by allowing
students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute
essay based on an annual theme.
Since itís inception in
1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition has remained one of the
VFWís premier programs. Each year more than 160,000 students - from across
the nation-compete for over $2.1 million in scholarships. Clearly, this
program offers incentives and inspires OUR youth towards their involvement
YOU CAN WIN
WHO CAN ENTER:
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are
enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program
in the United States and its territories.
HOW TO ENTER:
Students should first draft their essay based on the 2012-2013 theme:
our Constitution still relevant?"
Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The
recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5
minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).
Entries begin at the Post
level. Once the student has created their essay and completed burning
the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version, CD
and the Voice of Democracy entry form to VFW Post 1503 no later than
November 1, 2011. Application forms are available at VFW.org
(Community/Programs). Mail entry form and audio essay, in a
clearly marked envelope to include: name, school, telephone number and
an e-mail address (if applicable) to: VFW, Post 1503, 14631
Minnieville Road, Dale City, Virginia 22193.
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show
imagination and human interest
Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized
manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from
one idea to the other.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and