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Voice of Democracy

Each year, nearly 40,000 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. 

The Downers Grove post will select one honoree per every 15 entries.  Each of the selected honoree's will be entered into the District 19 competition with a chance to advance to the Department (State) and National competition.


2014 - 2015 Theme

"Why Veterans are Important to Our

 Nation's History and Future"

Entry Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014

Right Click on Entry Form and select "Save Target As..."

National Advisory List of NASSP

   2013-2014 post winner   2012-2013 post winner    

   2009-2010 post winner    2005-2006 post winner     2004-2005 post winner     2003-2004 post winner

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