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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
Optimistic About Our Nations Future"...
WHY SHOULD I ENTER?
Prizes and 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
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 ineligible.
What do you need to enter?
Record your 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 entry?
All entries 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 location.
WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?
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 another.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and
Please send application to your local Post /
Auxiliary for submissions or drop them off at the
Voice of Democracy 2013-2014 Entry Form