The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3663 is hosting the Voice of Democracy Program.
To be eligible, entrants must be in grades 9-12 and enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program. The contest is not open to foreign exchange students.
Multiple scholarships are available to the contestants, ranging from $1,000 to $16,000. Each department's first-place winner receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., from March 1-5 where they will receive the scholarship, tour the city, meet the nation's leaders and be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary.
The first-place winner among the department winners will receive an additional $30,000 scholarship paid directly to their university, college or vocational/technical school.
To enter, record an original three-to-five minute essay, give or take a maximum of five seconds, on a standard cassette tape or CD. The preferred CD format is audio, so be sure that the audio CD option is selected when burning the disc, otherwise the file will not be properly converted.
Essays must stick to the theme "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future." For more information and an entry form, contact the VFW post 3663 at 304-472-9152 or log onto vfw.org for a complete entry form.