WHAT IS THE VOICE OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM?
Since 1947, the
Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign
Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Each
year, more than 100,000 high school students compete
for more than $2.5 million in scholarships and
incentives. Students compete by writing and
recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic
theme. This year's theme is "Why
I'm Optimistic About Our Nations Future"...
WHY SHOULD I
scholarships are awarded at the local, district,
state and national level. Department (State) winners
receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
in March 2012 to tour the city, meet our nation's
leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies
Auxiliary and receive their portion of $148,000 in
national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
THE RULES ...
Who can enter?
The Voice of
Democracy 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,
its territories and possessions; or in an overseas
U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Foreign
exchange students, students age 20 or over and
previous Voice of Democracy first place winners are
What do you need to enter?
original 3-5 minute (+ or-5 seconds) essay on a
standard cassette tape or CD on this year's theme.
Label your cassette of CD and neatly typed essay
with your name and complete the entry form. Provide
these three items to your school/group competition
or your local VFW Post for judging. All recordings
must be in your own voice (hearing or speech
impaired students should contact the Voice of
Democracy National Office at (816) 968-1117 for
special instructions), without music, special
effects or background sound. Songs and poetry are
not acceptable. You may not provide anything in the
essay or recording that will identify you in
any way. You may enter only one Voice of
Democracy competition per year.
What is the deadline for your
competing at the Post level must be in the hands of
the VFW Post by midnight,
November 1, 2013.
It is the responsibility of the student to meet this
deadline by submitting their entry to the proper
WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?
Originality is worth
30 points: Treatment
of the theme should show imagination and human
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 another.
Delivery is worth 35
in a clear and credible manner.
application to your local Post / Auxiliary for
submissions or drop them off at the Post.
Voice of Democracy
2013-2014 Entry Form