Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6672 Commander Milton Keene and Voice of Democracy (VOD) leaders Johnny Hobbs, Bonnie Martin and Patsy Bennett announced the start of this year's Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary "Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition."
Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships.
The first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school.
Besides competing for the top scholarship prize and other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each state's first place winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and at least a $1,000 scholarship.
There are also cash awards for first, second and third place from VFW 6672, and the local first-place winner's tape will be sent to district competition.
The district winner goes to state competition.
Interested students need only write and then record a three- to five-minute audio essay on this year's theme: "Does America Still Have Heroes?"
The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades nine through 12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older and previous Voice of Democracy national first-place winners are ineligible.
Thomson High School students can get their entry form from Mrs. Jane Pettis, THS counselor.
All other students can get the entry form and more information on the VOD program by calling Commander Keene at (706) 595-9777, Mrs. Martin at (706) 595-5176, Mr. Hobbs at (706) 595-3452, or Mrs. Bennett at (706) 863-5619. All entries must be in to the VFW by Nov. 1.