Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
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.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Update: FEBRUARY 2018
At Post 3211, The Voice of Democracy Committee of seven judged a
total of 35 essays from the Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Patriot’s Pen (PP)
combined. The VOD top three winners from
Hicksville High School were: First Place – Amina Nasari, Second Place – Sejal
Gupta, Third Place – Emily Kong. Amina Nasari's entry placed both First in the county and First in the District. This is the second year in a row that the winning entry from Hicksville High School placed first in the County and District contests. Last year, Alaha Nasari (Amina's sister) won the County, District, and State contests.
top three winners from Holy Trinity High School were: First Place – John Barry,
Second Place – Harshil Patel, Third Place – Julia DiGrazia.
The Patriot’s Pen
top three winners from the Hicksville Middle School were: First Place - Zahel
Nasari, Second Place – Kristina Gutierrez, Third Place – Emma Rodriguez.
The awards ceremony took place at the Post on Monday night, Feb. 26. Over 70 people attended the ceremony including the winners' families along with Post members, school officials, and elected officials. VOD Chairman Roger Doon and Master of Ceremonies Adjutant Tony Sparaco did a great job handling the evening. Pictures from the evening can be seen in the gallery section.