VFW to Offer $30,000 Scholarship


2007-2008 Audio Essay Contest

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has recently announced the topic for its 2007-2008 Voice of Democracy scholarship audio essay competition: “My role in honoring America’s veterans.” The contest welcomes submissions from high school students around the country. Monetary prizes between $1000 and $16,000 are awarded for state finalists with the biggest purse–$30,000—promised to the national winner. All in all, the VFW will hand out over $3 million in college scholarship prize money next year.

Admission criteria for the VFW VOD contest:

  • High school student in grades 9 to 12 may enter.
  • Entry forms must be first submitted to student’s local VFW post.
  • Essays must be recorded on CD or cassette tape and may not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • Content must adhere to the assigned patriotic topic.
  • Application must be authorized by a parent or guardian.

Judging is done on local, district, state, and national levels. District winners compete for all expenses paid trips to Washington, D.C. sponsored by Target Corporation. District winners, however, are automatically entered into state competitions, and state winners subsequently compete for the national grand prize of $30,000.

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship has been helping students fund their education since 1947. Each year there is a new topic as well as bigger scholarship awards. Read last year’s winning essay to get an idea of what judges are looking for.

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