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Voice of Democracy

2010-2011 Theme
"Does My Generation Have a Role in Americaís Future?"
Entry Deadline
Nov. 1, 2010

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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., March 5-9, 2011.

The Voice of Democracy program 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.

How to Enter:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form by clicking here (Requires Adobe Acrobat), along with their essay and recording to VFW Post 2223. Mail entry form and audio essay to the local VFW Post 2223, 409 Main St - Savanna, IL 61074 Phone: 815-273-7090. Further directions are listed on the entry form.

*Historically, the theme (annually chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation to encourage originality. Since the VFW is a patriotic organization, the annual theme always will be related to patriotism.

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