Announces Kick-Off of Annual $30,000 Scholarship Competition
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[July 30, 2017]
- Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander Jeffrey Hastings
announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy
Scholarship competition. Illinois high school students have the
opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and
a trip to Washington, D.C.
Students must write and record a three-to-five minute
essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and
present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to
their local VFW Post by October 31. The 2017-18 theme selected is
“American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Students begin by
competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the
District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.
All state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington,
D.C., and the chance to compete for their share of more than
$150,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of
Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national
sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the
program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students
grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to
democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate
in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2.1 million
in educational scholarships every year.
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Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of
Democracy Chairman at your local VFW Post or contacting the Illinois State Voice
of Democracy Director Robert McLeod by phone at (708) 363-7462 or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FOR DETAILS VISIT: www.vfw.org/VOD.
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's
largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and
chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible
veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.
With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,500
Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to
proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to
veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service
programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at
Assistant State Adjutant-Quartermaster
State of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars]