The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary are announcing the kick-off of this year's "Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition."
High school students in this area have the opportunity to compete in the 66th annual audio essay competition and win thousands of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C., along with the winners from every state, the Pacific area, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe.
During the 66 years that the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary have been involved with Voice of Democracy, more than seven million high school students have participated.
Students compete by writing and then recording a three-five minute audio essay expressing their views of this's patriotic theme, "Is Our constitution Still Relevant?"
All state winners receive at least a $1,000 national scholarship but anyone could win the $30,000 first place award.
A total of $146,000 in national scholarships are awarded to student national finalists in addition to the scholarships and awards given at the preliminary local levels of competition. The deadline date for students entries is Nov. 1.
Interested students and teachers should contact Veterans of Foreign Wars Chairman, Clinton Hoferman and/or Ladies Auxiliary Chairman Ruth Hoferman by phone at 712-213-2141.