NETCONG, NJ - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2347 in Netcong announces the kick off to the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington D.C.

Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio cassette or CD and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to the VFW Post by the deadline date. The 2015-2016 theme selected is “My Vision of America.” 

Students begin competing at the local Post level with the deadline date of November 1, 2015. Post winners then compete at the District level with that winner advancing to the state competition.

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All state first place winners receive a four day trip to Washington D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The National first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the American College, University or vocational/technical school of their choice.

The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is open to all students grades nine through 12, enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program. Interested students or teachers can contact the local VFW Post Voice of Democracy Chairman at 908-797-3840 or email the post at nagel459@comcast.net for more information, use “Voice of Democracy” in subject line. Information is also available at the high school college resource center for entry forms on www.VFW.org/VOD.  Information, entry forms and video and essays from past winners are also available on the web site.