2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition!!!

 

 

VOD Microphone

 

STAND BY FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2014-2015 WINNER

FOR LOUDOUN COUNTY!!

 

Did you know the great American Journalist Charles Kuralt was once a winner of the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition?

VOD Winner Charles Kuralt

 

Watch and listen how this competition made a difference in his life here.

 

Now, it is YOUR turn!!

 

Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a

share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the

VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

 

Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of

Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to

express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

 

 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 an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

 

Madison Haley, a senior at Mount Pulaski High School, was named the 2013-2014 Voice of Democracy 1st-place winner.  

 

Her speech on the 2013-2014 theme, "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future," won her a $30,000 college scholarship which she plans to apply toward her college career. Madison was sponsored by VFW Post 777 and Ladies Auxiliary in Mount Pulaski, Ill.

2013-14 VOD 1st Place Winner

 

 Watch and Listen to her winning entry here.

 

This Year's Theme for 2014-2015 is:

“Why Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future

 

HOW TO ENTER:

Loudoun County Virginia students should prepare their essay on this year's theme: "Why

Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future" 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 no later than November 1, 2014.

 


You can download the application HERE

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

For more information or any questions you may have, please contact the VOD Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ATTN: VOD

 

Applications must be received by November 1st 2014.

 

Please mail completed application (We'll fill in the LOCAL POST INFO), typed essay and CD to:


VFW Post #1177

 

Attention: Voice of Democracy

 

P.O. Box 1933

 

Leesburg, VA 20177

 

 

Loudoun County High school Students and Teachers can find additional information

in this flyer.