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Teen from Oregon in the Running to Win a $30,000 Scholarship from the VFW

Philip Dunagan

High school students across the country recorded audio-essays on this year’s theme: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

We’ve selected one winner from each state to qualify for the grand prize, a $30,000 scholarship to the college or technical school of their choice.

Hear the winning essays.

Philip Dunagan
Philip Dunagan

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy competition allows high school students to compete for more than $2.1 million in scholarships and incentives.

The grand-prize winner will be announced on Monday, March 5, at the VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Log on to at 6 p.m. (EST) on March 5 for a live stream of the Parade of Winners.

Show your support for these patriotic teens by sharing their audio clips with your friends and family.

Together, we can celebrate the next generation of proud Americans!

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