VFW Voice of Democracy Competition


October 31, 2019

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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  • Scholarship Committee
  • 406 West 34th Street
  • Kansas City, MO 64111
  • youthscholarships@vfw.org
  • 816-968-1117 x756

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david k revill II  on 7/1/2019 3:03:28 AM

I am applying for the scholarship because my father is a single parent and a retired veteran and he doesn’t have the funds to send me to college but would love for me to go. I have been accepted into a school but I don’t have full funding. I need help. My father is a lifetime VFW member.

Charity E  on 6/26/2019 9:25:37 AM

I am applying to this scholarship because I have a huge family who will not have the funds to support me or my sister when we go to college back to back. I am trying to earn as much money as I can, and so far haven't been that successful with scholarships, but I am hoping that will change. (Amen).

Kamal C  on 6/22/2019 5:43:01 PM

I am applying due to four boys in my family my dad has been stripped of his job due to his race and im willing to learn more to help my family out than you for hearing me out

Jocelyn T  on 6/16/2019 12:29:53 AM

I am applying for this scholarship, because American, every hardship and flaw it presents in its nationhood, is truly a great country, not for what it always is, but for the concept and what it could be, defined by democracy.

Sheridan M  on 5/21/2019 1:16:54 PM

I am in need of scholarships due to my sister being in college without any.

Autumn Jackson  on 5/21/2019 1:06:10 PM

I am not more deserving of this gracious amount of money than any of the other applicants. But I will say that I've been planning to go to college since the 4th grade. In the area that I live in this town, there are more people out in the streets than there are college or high school grads. I am in the second year of high school going on the third year and I'm still going strong. Although I need this scholarship if I don't achieve it it's ok because I won't give up.

hanadi m  on 5/14/2019 6:37:09 PM

I want to get my career and I want to pay my education and to learn further more.

Arlisia B  on 5/14/2019 1:10:18 PM

Yes. I need funds to pay for my education.

morgan l  on 5/2/2019 1:35:55 PM

I'm applying for the Voice of Democracy because it is something I would enjoy writing about in an essay. Also, I don't want to be in debt when I'm older, and my parents will not be paying for my college.

Zachary W  on 4/17/2019 2:19:53 PM

My father served at the end of Vietnam and is now retired. I am applying in honor of his sacrifice for my and your freedom.

Austin H  on 3/7/2019 11:01:47 AM

I'm going to apply because democracy is something defined within, and in the eyes of the beholder. It provides a unique opportunity to express my ideas in a grey area. It opens the border of being too young to have an opinion over said matter.

Nicholas C  on 1/24/2019 1:13:03 PM

I will be applying for this scholarship because I really like the idea of the prompt, and also the fact that for the college i'm planning on going too is very expensive and i need the scholarship to help pay for it.

Harmonie G  on 1/16/2019 3:57:24 PM

I am applying for this scholarship because being a women of color in America I have less chances then others. Applying could allow me to voice my opinions on my political principles and values in the democratic party to then help me pay for college being I am the youngest of six and can not afford it.

Mia B  on 10/28/2018 1:19:28 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I am concerned about the state of our democracy.

Juliet B  on 10/28/2018 12:28:10 AM

I'm applying for this scholarship because I'm about to go to college soon and I don't know how I will pay for it

Madeline E  on 10/24/2018 3:53:50 PM

This scholarship would make going to college affordable, especially since I live with my single mother. Good luck to all of you!

Makayla L  on 10/24/2018 2:15:39 PM

I am applying for this scholarship because I am 1 of 5 kids and next year 3 of us will be in college and we need all the help we can.`

Nathaniel P  on 10/21/2018 6:00:50 PM

I’m going to apply for this scholarship to help pay for my college

ian c  on 10/8/2018 12:01:52 PM

My mother is not going to be able to pay for my college tuition and taking student loans would cause me to be in debt the day i graduate college so if i can win this i can put it into my college funds and not cause my mother to share in my debt. i realize that who i am may not cause a second look but my reasons for winning this fair and square are right just as i'm sure most people who have applied for this have as well. Not only this but there are issues in this corrupted nation that not many have realized the extent of so maybe by speaking about it this would make others see not by being radical or yelling but by sitting down and looking someone dead in the eyes and showing them.

Brinda S  on 9/30/2018 9:57:08 PM

I will be applying for this scholarship because this will assist my parents in help me afford school, I know we will be taking loans, but this funding would certainly go a long way for us.

alexis r  on 9/24/2018 11:51:37 AM

I applied for this scholarship do to being homeless and not having a place to go. I hope that college will get me out of the place that I'm at.

Rebekah S  on 9/24/2018 9:30:58 AM

I'm applying for this scholarship because I need help. My parents said that if they don't get a say in what college I go to then they weren't going to pay for it. I want to go to a college that is going to be good for the career I want to go into. I would be moving to Terre Haute and my mom doesn't like that. So I would have to be on my own for paying for college. This scholarship would pay for almost 2 years of my college.

Amauri b  on 9/17/2018 9:13:34 PM

I need this scholarship to pay for my way through school

amber g  on 9/12/2018 2:44:50 PM

I applied to this scholarship because college is super expensive and I want the best education to better myself

Trougon J  on 7/12/2018 4:05:15 PM

I applied for this scholarship because I'm about to go to college soon and I don't know how I'm going to pay for it.

kelsie j  on 6/19/2018 10:03:59 PM

I applied for this scholarship and hope to receive it, because I can't afford college and being a single mother makes it twice as hard.

Eric N  on 6/13/2018 5:34:48 PM

I applied for this scholarship to assist my parents in paying their bills and further on paying for college due to our low income. My family members suffered many car crashes and so my mother has been paying it off but is still in large amount of debt.

Linda W  on 12/24/2017 10:03:56 PM

I applied for this scholarship and I Hope I get it, because I can't afford for college

7/12/2017 2:38:47 PM

How many people from UT are applying for this??

Esther j  on 10/26/2016 2:09:33 PM

This scholarship is giving us advantage so I need to be a part from it. It will also help me pay for college.

Ricardo O  on 4/25/2016 10:32:27 PM

I need serious help with this topic.

Mallory G  on 2/28/2016 6:25:37 PM

My Grandfather was a member of the VFW. He was a WWII Veteran and extremely proud to have served in Africa, Normandy D-Day, and Germany. before he passed, in 2002, he told my mother and my grandfather to apply for a college scholarship with the VFW.

arthur w  on 2/21/2016 3:43:22 PM

i really want to be successful person in society as a young black male i had a lot of people doubt my success but i will finish with a degree , i had a lot of bumps but i ask please i really need this . i am a very hard work when it comes down to my work.

Rosaura T  on 10/7/2015 11:40:46 AM

I have a dream. I have a reason to reach that dream. I left my house at a really young age. I got married and had a baby. I am currently 18. I would love to be an example for all those girls out there that get pregnant at a young age and think there future is over. I want to tell you all that this life that we now have. Has just begun. That one day our kid will be so proud of us. I want to be a counselor for teens. I want to make a difference in their life. I want them to all know that we were all brought to this world to make mistakes and to experience things. I am a young mom and wife and I love being it but for that reason I want to go to college and graduate with a major on Substance abuse and addiction and a Marriage and family therapy counseling. I believe in myself. I believe I am capable of fulfilling my dreams. This goes to all those young moms out there.

Raquel F  on 9/20/2015 9:32:25 PM

How do you apply for the scholarship?

Tyliek R  on 9/16/2015 7:58:08 AM

I really want to go to college but my parents cant afford it

Tiara A  on 9/2/2015 9:04:57 PM

what do you have to do?

Shania C  on 8/26/2015 4:03:13 PM

topic is 'My vision for America'

Josselin M  on 8/8/2015 11:09:14 PM

Which teacher are you supposed to put?? because I have 6 teachers throughout the school day

Anahi E  on 8/8/2015 2:00:01 PM

what is the topic?

Helios P  on 7/22/2015 9:20:45 PM

What is the topic?

Shakira P  on 6/6/2015 10:16:17 AM

Wow this is an amazing opportunity to write about a person who is so inspiring. Also it great that there is a scholarship for kids.

Jalil S  on 10/14/2014 11:42:01 PM

Ronald Ragan was one of this nation's greatest leaders. I would LOVE to write about him!

Lauren H  on 9/22/2014 6:05:16 PM

What a great topic to write on!!! I'm in!!!

Lila P  on 6/21/2014 11:34:31 AM

This is an amazing opportunity, and everyone knows how difficult it is to muster up the money needed for college these days. I'm very excited to try this out.

Dalton W  on 10/8/2012 6:32:49 PM

Thank you for the opportunity to get scholarships towards my college education. There are so many young adults depending on the same thing. I would be thrilled if, in fact, I did win one. So excited to try. Great contest and way to win money towards college.

Shalea W  on 8/19/2012 12:26:53 PM

This sounds like a good scholarship I could be interested in and my mom would not have to put any money towards it. My mom is a single parent and I'm sure she would be happy for me and proud that I get a full scholarship. I want to further my education, improve on my test scores and get the money so I can go to college. I'm excited to see what all they have and looking foward to it.

Nicole H  on 5/18/2012 11:53:16 AM

One of the best scholarships out there! I entered last year and was a state finalist... You earn money every step of the way! It is an excellent contest! So excited to try again

Jessika V  on 4/29/2012 10:09:26 PM

I entered this contest and won 2nd in my county

Luis F  on 10/11/2011 7:32:47 PM

I think this an amazing scholarship. I'm a low income student and this really help..

Sherronia D  on 9/27/2011 6:50:26 PM

I am determine to win. I will take advantage of my voice and use it to the best of my ability. With that being said, I believe my voice counts especially, when I speak on behalf of everyone not just my peers, but seniors citizen. Good luck everyone !

rosaura r  on 9/7/2011 4:06:05 PM

I am glad that there are oppurtunities to recieve money this easily. Out here are many, such as me, who only depend on scholarship money to be able to attend to college because unlike others we cannot work because we do not have a social security number. I love the fact that there are people willing to give there own money to simple people like us, who want to follow our dream to be somebody. So to those who donate money for scholarships from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

Danielle J  on 9/5/2011 7:15:37 PM

I am one of the most determined people in this world. With a heart so big i am destined to reach billions who long for a helping hand. I may be young but that has nothing to do with a how large my impact could be. I want to open schools, foster homes, build houses, and even better nursing homes to house those with the wisdom of tomorrow. I am the perfect definition of a dreamer but i am striving to make my dreams reality!

abdullah a  on 8/27/2011 4:00:19 PM

i have always wanted to be something important. i have always dreamed with in being one of the most important people in my life so i can help the people who can't recieve help and listen to the people who can't be heard. all i want is a chance so i can be heard and help my self, my family and my country. i know that opportunities are every where and i have to look for them but if i just kept on looking and no body helped i will never be heard just like those people.

Jasely M  on 8/17/2011 11:43:15 PM

Fantastic, I'm up for the challenge.

Tomas S  on 7/17/2011 11:47:47 AM

I am applying for this scholarship, even if i don't get a chance to win it I will be happy to have had the chance to express my views on the topic and apply my love of literature.

Mi'Kayla W  on 7/11/2011 10:36:10 PM

I was very excited to see that there was this type of opportunity out there. I would love the chance to receive a scholarship to further my education and major in english.

Michael P  on 7/5/2011 12:22:07 AM

This sounds like a great scholarship. I would love the opportunity to receive this scholarship to further my education.

Sandhya L  on 6/11/2011 6:18:17 PM

For international student like me, this scholarship program is very beneficial. Therefore, I hope to get this scholarship because I am a diligent student and I want an opportunity to pursue my career in the United States.

Abimbola O  on 4/30/2011 1:24:41 PM

i would be considered for this scholarship because i would much appreciate going to college without putting more financial burdens on my parents

ruben g  on 10/26/2010 7:54:06 PM

I think this scholarship is a great oportunity to a student. I would like get this scholarship because Im a low income student.

Emily S  on 10/25/2010 8:28:07 AM

I am applying for this scholarship because I'm unable to attend college for financial reasons. I dream of becoming a top animator and illustrator and to have a job that I love. Unfortunately, money is what matters. I hope I can acquire enough scholarships so I am able to bring my goals to fruition.

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