VFW Post 1445 seeking scholarship applicants

VFW Post 1445 seeking scholarship applicants

Since 1947 the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program.


Since 1947 the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program. Each year nearly 57,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”

Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the local VFW post and at the district, state and national level. The top national scholarship is $30,000. Your chance to compete for the top national scholarship begins at New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445. The top-three entries at Post 1445 will be awarded scholarships of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. The first-place winning entry will be sent to the district level.

The Voice of Democracy is open to Tuscarawas County students grade 9-12 by the Oct. 31 deadline and who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, previous Voice of Democracy first-place state winners, and GED or adult education students are ineligible.

For complete rules, refer to the Voice of Democracy application.

To enter, pick up the Voice of Democracy application at the VFW post located at 441 Park Ave. NW in New Philadelphia or call the post at 330-364-9973 to request an application be mailed to you.

Record your original 3-5 minute (plus or minus 5 seconds max) essay on an audio CD or a flash drive and deliver it to Post 1445 no later than Oct. 31. Entries received after Oct. 31 and entries that fail to meet the minimum 3-minute essay recorded time will be disqualified.

For more information call VFW Post Commander Steve Chenevey at 330-364-9973.

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