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VFW Scholarship Competitions Now Open – $3.3 Mil Awarded

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries into its 2017-18 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes after students from across the globe recently took home their share of more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions.


The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth. Students are required to submit an oral or written essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.


This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks high school students to describe, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner is presented the $30,000, T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship award. More than 46,000 high school students competed in last year’s competition.


The Patriot’s Pen writing competition is open to students in grades 6-8. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, “America’s Gift to My Generation.” The national winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 122,000 middle and junior high school students competed in last year’s competition. Both national awards will be presented during the 2018 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in March.


Student participants are asked to submit their entry (along with a completed entry form) to Chapel Hill Post 9100 your local host VFW Post. Chapel Hill accepts entries from Chapel Hill and surrounding area. The deadline for student entries in both contests is October 31, 2017.



Voice of Democracy Scholarships


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.


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Help Our Youth With a Scholarship

If you are a parent, you know the value of a scholarship.  You probably searched for one just as your child was about to graduate.  However, did you realize that the Veterans of Foreign Wars has two scholarship programs that can provide as much as $30,000 as a top prize?  


Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarships are available, but you must enter one of two national contests to have a chance to win.  Local winners receive an award certificate and a small cash prize.  All Chapel Hill first place winners go on to be considered in district and state competitions  One district winner from each contest represents the VFW Department of North Carolina in national competition.  


C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 is still accepting contest entries from area youth for two annual programs. The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program and Patriot’s Pen contest.   Local contestants have until November 1st to enter.  Here are the details:  Voice of Democracy


The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. Each year Voice of Democracy provides more than $3 million in scholarships nationwide. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


  • The deadline for submissions for the 2015-2016 program is November 1, 2015. Download the entry form for 2015-2016  by clicking here.  The theme is: “My Vision for America”.  Learn more


 Patriots penPatriot’s Pen is a youth-essay writing contest that gives students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.  The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Annually, more than 100,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter.   One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme.

  • The deadline for submissions for the 2015-2016 program is November 1, 2015. Download the entry form for 2015-2016 here
  • The theme for 2015-2016 is: What Freedom Means to Me
  • Entry length is 300-400 words.  Shorter or longer essays are disqualified.
  • Submit both sides of the contest form.


  Both programs are open to private and home-school students. Contest submissions are due to the Chapel Hill VFW Post no later than November 1, 2015. Contact the post at  919-741-5183  for assistance. for full contest details and application forms.  


Chapel Hill Scholarships from the VFW  0

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has several scholarship programs.  They are the  Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen programs.  Awards are offered at the post, district, state and national levels.

Chapel Hill has had a State winner for  Voice of Democracy.  This gave the winner a $3,000 scholarship and a chance to compete with 54 other state department winners for a $30,000 scholarship.

Are you interested in your son or daughter getting a chance to win a VFW scholarship?  Contact our post.  You can call 919-741-5183 for details.  Our post website is at

To learn more and to see winning 2011 essays, click here.