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Patriotic Audio Essay Competition

2013-2014 Theme is
"Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation's Future"
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013
National grand prize:
a $30,000 scholarship!!

   Did you know that the Veterans of Foreign Wars, offers an annual scholarship contest for High School students.

   Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipientís American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Target.

The VOD program is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals' contest criteria and is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute essay based on an annual theme.

How to Enter: Students can enter by submitting the required entry form, along with their essay and recording to a local VFW Post. To find a post in your area, look in the white pages of your local phone directory. You may also call the VFW National Programs office during normal business hours at 816-968-1117. For more information or questions, contact VFW National Headquarters or your local VFW Post.

   All students interested in entering the Voice of Democracy Contest should contact their guidance counselor, who, in turn, will contact your local Voice of Democracy Chairman.

All questions concerning scholarship disbursement are to be referred to
National Headquarters.

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