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Voice of Democracy

Attention Chatham County High School Students, Teachers, and Parents!

Are you planning on going to college or vocational/technical school after graduation? Did you know that the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program offers up to $30,ooo in scholarships annually?

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

VFW Post 7313’s Voice of Democracy program is open to all students grads 9-12 in the Chatham County School District.

WHAT IS THE VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

Voice of Democracy (VOD) is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. The program annually provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place state-level VFW winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school!

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department’s first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. in March.

HOW TO ENTER:

Download the application here, or contact us at post7313@gmail.com for more details. Entries are due to VFW Post 7313 in Pittsboro no later than November 1, 2014.

The theme for the 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is:

“Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”

JUDGING CRITERIA:

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

TELL ME MORE:

The Voice of Democracy Program began in 1946 and was originally sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Initially, there were four winners selected, representing the North, South, East and West regions of the country. Each winner received a $500 savings bond and a wristwatch. Many notables have participated in the Voice of Democracy including journalist Charles Kuralt, Miss America Anita Bryant and former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

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