Local high school student could win trip to Washington, DC,
and $30,000 scholarship
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[August 29, 2012]
Commanders of Veterans of
Foreign Wars posts across Illinois have announced the kickoff of the
66th year of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy
Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the
opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and
a trip to Washington, D.C.
The Voice of Democracy Scholarship contest is an annual nationwide
audio essay competition designed to give ninth- to 12th-grade high
school students, ages 15-19, an opportunity to voice their opinion
on their responsibility to our country. Home-schooled students are
also invited to participate.
Students must write and record a
three- to five-minute essay on this theme for 2012-2013: "Is Our
Constitution Still Relevant?" The recording is to be on an audio
cassette tape or audio CD. Students competing enter their recording,
typed essay and entry form at their local VFW post. The deadline is
Post winners advance to district judging, and then the
first-place district winners advance to the state competition in
Springfield. All state winners receive a four-day trip to
A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place
is a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipientís American
university, college or vocational-technical school.
Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships.
Around 50,000 students participate in the competition each year.
The Voice of Democracy contest was started by the National
Association of Broadcasters in the late 1940s, and the VFW became
involved in the late 1950s. The VFW took over primary sponsorship in
1961, when the broadcasters could no longer sponsor the program
nationally. Then in 1964, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary joined in
sponsorship of the program.
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Because of the active program promotion and participation, the
national scholarship funds have steadily increased from four
national winners in 1962, with total scholarships of $3,750, to the
current level of 63 national scholarships totaling $152,000.
For more information about the Voice of Democracy competition,
contact the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in your area. If you are
unsure of the post in your area, contact Illinois VFW headquarters
in Springfield at 217-529-6688.
For more information, visit
[Text from file received
from Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Department of Illinois]