2017-2018 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Did you know the great American Journalist Charles Kuralt was once a winner of the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition?
Now, it is YOUR turn!!
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share
of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s
Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students in
grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and
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.
Savannah Wittman, a senior at Bret Harte High School, was named the 2016-17 Voice of Democracy first-place winner. Savannah's speech on the theme, "My Vision for America," won her a $30,000 college scholarship which she plans to apply toward her career in veterinary medicine. Savannah was sponsored by VFW Post 12118 and its Auxiliary in Copperopolis, Calif.
Watch and Listen to her winning entry here.
This Year's Theme for 2017-2018 is:
"American History: Our Hope for the Future”
HOW TO ENTER:
Loudoun County Virginia students should prepare their essay on this year's theme and then record themselves reading the essay on a CD.
(For Students residing outside of Loudoun County Virginia, please click HERE to find a
VFW Post near you!)
The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes
(plus or minus 5 seconds).
The Essay, CD and a complete entry form should then be submitted by mail to
VFW Post 1177.
You can download the application HERE
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and
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
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
Judging begins at the Post Level. Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 will select a
winner from Loudoun County to compete in this prestigious competition at the
District (Northern Va.) level and then that winner will move up to State then National!
Please mail completed application (We'll fill in the LOCAL POST INFO), typed essay and CD to:
Loudoun County VFW Post 1177
Attention: Voice of Democracy
401 Old Waterford Rd.
Leesburg, VA 20176-2120
Loudoun County High school Students and Teachers can find additional information
in this flyer.