WHAT IS THE VOICE OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM?
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s)
premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students
compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete
by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme.
This year’s theme is?
WHY SHOULD I ENTER?
Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level.
Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.,
March 3-7, 2012, to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders, be honored by the VFW
and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $151,000 in national awards, the
top scholarship being $30,000.
Who can enter?
The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a
public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States,
its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent
school. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over and previous Voice of
Democracy first place state winners are ineligible.
What do I need to enter?
Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on a standard cassette
tape or CD. One student per CD or cassette.Preferred format for CD’s is the audio CD
format. When burning your CD, make sure that “Create Audio CD” option (or similar)
is selected so the program can properly convert your sound file and burn it to CD. After
it has finished, be sure to play back your audio CD on a system other than your computer, such as a standard radio or car CD player, to verify that the conversion/burning process was successful. Label the recording, neatly typed essay and attach this completed entry form. Provide these items to your school/group competition or local VFW Post for judging. All recordings must be in your own voice. Hearing/speech impaired students should contact the Voice of Democracy National Office at (816) 968-1117 for special instructions. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed. The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, although the recording & typed essay should be labeled with your name, to show ownership. You may enter only one Voice of Democracy competition per year.
Where do I submit my entry?
All entries begin here at Post level. The only exception is where schools/classes/youth
groups have large numbers of students and wish to conduct their own competition,
submitting one winner for each 15 students to our VFW Post competition.
Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post providing they have
not competed at a school/class competition.
One winner for every 15 entries from each Post advances to District and one District
winner advances to the state (Department) competition. State winners are invited to a complementary trip to Washington, D.C where their essays compete in the finals competition.
What is the deadline for my entry?
All entries competing at the Post level must be in the hands of that VFW Post by
midnight, Nov. 1, 2011. It is the responsibility of the student to meet this deadline
by submitting their entry to the proper location by ensuring it is a participating Post.
What are the 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 another.
Delivery is worth 35 points:
Speak in a clear and credible manner.
GOOD LUCK – East Brunswick Memorial VFW Post 133 and Auxiliary Officers and Members
Know of a veteran or family of an active duty service member who is in need? Contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (732) 254-9674.