VFW Announces Kick-Off of Annual
Voice of Democracy $30,000 Scholarship Competition
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[September 21, 2022]
Commander Ed Nelson of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) Cronin Brothers Post 1756 announces the kick-off of this
year’s VFW’s 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.
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 2022-2023 theme selected is “Why is
the Veteran Important?” 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 college
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 million in
scholarships every year.
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Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of
Democracy Chairman at VFW Post
1756 by phone at 217-750-2240 or email email@example.com for more
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service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members
from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.
Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's
largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization.
With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800
Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries
are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and
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