Voice of Democracy

Voice of Democracy

The Veterans of Foreign Wars established the Voice of Democracy (VOD) program to provide students a forum to present their thoughts regarding democratic ideas and principles.

Each year a new theme is chosen and participants need to record their essays on a CD and submit the along with a typed copy and entry form to their local Post by November 1st of that year. Local and national winners receive thousands of dollars in scholarships for post-secondary education. Contact your school or our Post for further details.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:

Click here to access the Voice of Democracy 2016-17 entry form and brochure

THE 2016-17 THEME IS: MY RESPONSIBILITY TO AMERICA

Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to an audio CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.

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 the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.