Every year thousands of dollars are given to students by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Just think about it. Your child could be the recipient of a $30,000 college scholarship just for writing an essay that is orally presented.
Chapel Hill students have frequently taken North Carolina top honors and some have gone on to the national competition.
Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarships are available now, but you must enter one of two national contests to have a chance to win. Local winners receive an award certificate and a cash prize. All local first place winners receive $100 and go on to judging in the district and state competition and one winner from each contest represent the VFW Department of North Carolina in the national competition. But remember, you have to enter to win! Learn more
Chapel Hill contestants did quite well in the 2017-18 competitions. Winners were:
- Voice of Democracy, Amelia Solum. She won Chapel Hill area, won District competition, and then went to the state-wide competition.
- Patriot’s Pen, Summer Marold. She also won Chapel Hill area, then won the District competition, and finally participated in the state-wide competition.
Chapel Hill Post 9100 is now accepting college scholarship applications for the Voice of Democracy contest. The top award is $30,000 and there are more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. It only requires a student to compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. Learn more
A famous name is associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill, WCHL Radio Chapel Hill, and the Voice of Democracy. It is Charles Kuralt. A young man of about 14 tried his hand at public speaking and won the 1948 Voice of Democracy competition. It was the second year of the contest and he decided to enter in Charlotte. The rest is history. Charles went on to local radio, college, more radio, our local radio station and then to television. He is probably best known for his CBS series on the Evening News with Walter Cronkite, On the Road with Charles Kuralt.
Charles Kuralt often spoke of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest and how it influenced him to speak. Maybe someone from Chapel Hill will enter this year and win the national competition. It can happen and almost did a few years back when our winner competed in Washington, DC. We were very proud of him.
So, if you are a parent, teacher, relative or friend of someone that shows speaking talent, tell them about the Voice of Democracy scholarship. More information about our local entry process can be found here.