VFW Announces Kick-Off of Annual
$35,000 Scholarship Competition
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[September 05, 2023]
Commander Bill Stauffer of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW) Cronin Brothers Post 1756 announces the kick-off
of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition.
Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for
thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
must write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on the selected
theme using an audio recording or flash drive and present their
recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local
VFW Post by October 31. The 2023-2024 theme selected is “What
are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?” Students begin by
competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the
District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.
All state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington,
D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000
in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $35,000 college
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of
Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national
sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the
program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students
grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to
democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate
in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2 million in
scholarships every year.
Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of
Democracy Chairman at VFW Post
1756 by phone at 217-480-0057 or email VFWPost1756_VOD_PP@yahoo.com
for more information.
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ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of
eligible veterans and military service members from the active,
Guard and Reserve forces.
Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is
the nation's largest organization of war veterans and its oldest
major veterans organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and
Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800 Posts worldwide,
“NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are
dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and
military and community service programs. For more information or
to join, visit our website at
[Text received from Michelle Ramlow]