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Voice of Democracy


The Voice of Democracy is an annual national audio essay contest that is designed to foster patriotism by giving high school students in grades 9th through 12th the opportunity to voice their opinion about their personal obligations as an American and address their responsibility to our country. Created in 1947, the 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. All State winners receive at least $1000 and the first-place national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.


YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000!

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.

Students should first draft their essay based on the 2017-2018 theme:

“American History: Our Hope for the Future

 Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD or flash drive. 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 or Flash Drive, they should submit their typed version, CD or Flash Drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post no later than October 31, 2018.

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 credible manner.


VFW Post 6899 and Ladies Auxiliary award local VOD scholarships:

First  Place: $500
Second  Place: $300
Third  : $200

All students interested in entering the Voice of Democracy Contest should contact their school counselor or VFW Post 6899 at 936-594-9467 or email at info@vfwpost6899.org.

Mail applications to:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899
PO Box 883
Trinity, TX 75862

Attn: Scholarship Committee


Click here to down files\2017-18 VoiceofDemocracyEntryFormandBrochure.pdf



Voice of Democracy Helpful Hints 

1.  Your essay should be typed on a clean sheet of paper.  

                A. No letterhead paper.
                B. No school name.
                C. No town name.
                D. Type name on essay.      

2.  Use CD or Flash Drive.  


3.  Three items should be submitted to VFW Post 6899: 

            A. Application
            B. CD or Flash Drive
            C. Typed essay



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