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VFW Offers Annual Scholarship Competition
Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C., offered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Lakeland Post 2347.
This year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition requires students to write and record a three-to-five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio cassette or CD and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by Nov. 1. The 2015-2016 theme selected is “My Vision of America.” Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.
All state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year and VFW awards more than two million dollars in scholarships every year.
Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post 2347 by phone at 973-347-9858 or email the Post at for more information.

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