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Theme for 2017-2018

American History: Our hope for the Future

Click here for Entry Form
(Check back April 2017 for 2017-2018 Entry Form)

The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record a broadcast script on a patriotic theme, competing for more than $2.1 million in college scholarships and incentives. Department (state) winners are brought to Washington, D.C., in March to enjoy our nation’s capital and compete for $152,000 in scholarships — first place receiving a $30,000 scholarship.

Students must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade and properly enrolled in a public, private, parochial high school or a home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions or enrolled in an overseas school as a dependent of U.S. military or U.S. civilian personnel. (Foreign Exchange students are excluded.) All eligible students will be judged on their interpretation of the contest theme. A positive approach should be used to express the entrant's viewpoint.


Post Competition
Post entries are required to include the following:
Typed script, CD or Flash Drive of the recorded script (3-5 minutes)
Student entry form completed legibly.
Note:     Rule Change from 2015 no casset tapes
            2017-2018 Entry Deadline Changes
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Number of Entries Allowed:
From the School/Youth Group to the VFW Post
1-15 essays – One (1) entry to Post
16-30 essays – Two (2) entries
31-45 essays – Three (3) entries

From the VFW Post to the District
1-15 essays – One (1) entry to District
16-30 essays – Two (2) entries
31-45 essays – Three (3) entries


From the District to the Department
One (1) entry per District (with student photo)

Each Department's first place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Four fun-filled days of tours, visits to monuments, meeting with heads of state and often the President or Vice President of the United States. The National Judging is held in Washington, D.C. prior to the students' arrival and the winners are announced at a special reception in their honor. In June, each Department winner is invited to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Freedom and Leadership Youth Conference. The three-day conference allows participating students the opportunity to converse with experts on current issues of citizenship, tour the Philadelphia and Valley Forge historic sites and participate in seminars designed to develop leadership skills and understand the value of community service. The foundations of American democracy and the elements of the free enterprise system will also be explored through thought provoking lectures and workshops.

All Department scholarships are paid directly to the American University, American College or Vocational Technical School as selected by the recipient. Disbursement is made directly to the college/school upon receipt of proper notice from the college certifying that the recipient has been accepted and is enrolled. All scholarship moneys are held in a restricted fund at Department Headquarters for ten years and disbursed as needed until the scholarship is totally withdrawn.

All National scholarships are paid directly to the American University, American College or Vocational Technical School as selected by the recipient. Disbursement is made directly to the college/school upon receipt of proper notice from the college certifying that the recipient has been accepted and is enrolled. All scholarship moneys are held in escrow at National Headquarters for ten years and disbursed as needed until the scholarship is totally withdrawn. This time may be extended to cover all years of study as the student deems necessary. The funds may be used for tuition, books, computers, laboratory fees and/or other items relating specifically to the student's formal education. (Clothing, room and board and pocket money are not considered authorized expenditures.) All questions should be referred to National Headquarters for review.

Numerous opportunities also exist to win valuable scholarships and awards at each level of the competition. Most VFW Posts/Auxiliaries offer additional monetary awards to participants who place in their local school competition.

Judging Criteria
Voice of Democracy contestants are judged on the following criteria:
Originality (possible 30 pts.)
Content (possible 35 pts.) Ideas are expressed clearly and in an organized manner.
Delivery (possible 35 pts Speaking voice is clear and credible.

Deadlines
The deadlines for The Voice of Democracy Program are as follows:
1.... Midnight, October 31, Entries to the Post (New deadline)
2.... November 15, Winning entry from Post to District
3.... December 15, Winning entry from District to Department
4.... January 10, Completion of Department judging
5.... January 15, District participation reports to Department Chairmen
6.... January 15, Department winners to National
7.... January 31, Department reports to National


Link to the National VFW Voice of Democracy Program Site

Forms below are for Chairperson Only


VFW Scholarship Chairperson Guide

VFW Voice of Democracy Statement Policy

VFW Voice of Democracy District Reporting Packet

VFW Voice of Democracy Score Sheet




Department of Colo Voice of Democracy Results 2016-2017
"My Responsibility To America"


FIRST PLACE - $1,000 Award
By Joseph J. Jacques Jr. VFW Post 7945 and VFW Auxiliary, Thornton, CO
Faith Spino
Salida High School
Sponsored by VFW Post and VFW Auxiliary 3820, Salida
Distict 8

SECOND PLACE - $500 Award
By VFW Auxiliary Department of Colorado
Ayden Adair
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 1781, Ft. Collins
District 3
THIRD PLACE - $400 Award
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 2601, Longmont
Natalia Taylor
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 3917, Security
District 5
FOURTH PLACE - $300 Award
By Past Commander's Club
Tristan Fross
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 4331, Arvada
District 10
FIFTH PLACE - $250 Award
By Post 1771 and Aux's, Lafayette
Haley Fury
Sponsored by VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 5181, Dove Creek
District 12


Other Voice of Democracy District Winners
(District Winners To State for Judging)

District #1- Maia Brownson
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 5061, Denver

District #2- Hayden Ballard
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 5812, Pueblo West

District #4- Luke Kragmeier
VFW Post 6482, Holyoke

District #7- Sharron Cody
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 899, Alamosa

District #9- Sheridan Harvey
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 5843, Meeker

District #11- Veniece Miller
VFW Post 3981, Grand Junction

District #13- Damon Gossett
VFW Post & VFW Auxiliary 6612, Hugo