Voice of Democracy

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition

The VFW’s “Voice of Democracy” Scholarship Contest is an annual nationwide audio essay competition designed to give 9th-12th grade high school students, ages 15-19, the opportunity to voice their opinion on their responsibility to our country.  The student must record their essay on a or CD or flash drive (3-5 minutes in length) on an annual patriotic theme.
Each Department (state) first place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to the national finals held in Washington, D.C.  Four fun-filled days of tours, visits to monuments and meeting with the heads of state and often the President of the United States.  The national preliminary judging takes place just prior to the students’ arrival in D.C. when the judges listen to the fifty-four tapes representing the state winners (from each of our fifty states, the District of Columbia, Pacific Areas, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe).  Once all of the finalists’ recorded essays have been reviewed, the finals judges make their final decision in Washington, D.C. and we announce all of the national college scholarship winners in Washington, D.C. during the “Parade of Winners”.
Over two million dollars in scholarships will be awarded during the contest year.  The first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship and all national finalists receive at least a $1,000 scholarship.

The first place State of Alaska winner receives a $1,000 Award, second place winner receives a $500 Award and the third place winner receives a $400 Award.
If you do not take the Voice of Democracy Program to every school in the State of Alaska, we are not affording all the youth of this state the opportunity to participate in one of the best scholarship programs available.



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