The scholarship program called Voice of Democracy was started in 1947 by the National Association of Broadcasters.Â The Veterans of Foreign Wars became a national sponsor for the program in the late 1950â€™s. It became a VFW Program in 1961.
This scholarship program provides high school students, from 9th grade to 12th grade, the opportunity to write and record a broadcast script on a patriotic theme selected by VFW each year.Â Competition begins at the Post level.Â A winner goes to the District level to compete with students selected by other posts.Â Those winners advance to the State level and on to the National level.Â State winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.Â Top National scholarship prize is $30,000.
The Voice of Democracy theme for 2013-2014 is to answer â€œWHY Iâ€™M OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OUR NATIONâ€™S FUTUREâ€.Â This is an audio-essay competition.Â Students will be required to record their statement and submit their entry to Tualatin Post 3452 by November 1, 2013.
APPLYING FOR AN APPLICATION
Applications for the Scholarship Competition can be found at www.vfw.org/Â by selecting â€œLearn About VFW Scholarship Programsâ€ in the box titled â€œI Want Toâ€.
Applications can also be obtained by contacting Tualatin VFW Post 3452, 18820 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin, Oregon 97062 or visiting their web site www.tualatinvfw.com/Â under AWARDS.
APPLICATION:Â 2013-14 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY