Wixom, Michigan 48393
VOICE OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM
2017-2018 Theme - "American History: Our Hope for the Future
Eligibility: Ninth (9th), Tenth (10th) , Eleventh (11th) and Twelfth (12th )grade students in public, private, parochial and home schools in the State of Michigan. Former first place winners at the State and National level competition or any foreign exchange student are not eligible. Students do not have to be a relative of a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars or its Ladies Auxiliary to participate.
Recording: Recorded scripts must not be less than THREE (3) minutes nor longer than FIVE (5) minutes. A five (5) second variation is acceptable to compensate for the possible deviation in equipment. Scripts MUST be recorded on full size CD ONLY. Record all CD's on a single track.
Scripts must be recorded without music or background voice. Students must not use their names, the name or location of the sponsoring VFW unit, or the name or location of their school. Recordings must not include any introduction of the script. The only voice on the recording must be that of the student's. Special consideration may be given for students that are speech challenged upon written request through District to Department. Scripts should be recorded using the best possible equipment available. Post and District Chairmen are responsible for the content and quality of the entry. Every effort should be made to submit the best quality entry possible.
Post judging will be held on November 1, 2015 therefore all entries must be delivered to the Post prior to November 1, 2015. Post Chairman will ensure judging will be conducted in accordance with the National Judging Criteria.
Post and District awards are determined by each organization.
Department Awards will be as follows:
First Place: $6,000.00 Ralph J. Seabold Scholarship, plaque, all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. and all-expense paid trip to the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Pennsylvania. Awarded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Michigan
Second Place:$3,500.00 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan.
Third Place: $2,500.00 Hazel Park VFW Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by Hazel Park VFW Post and presented by the 5th District of the Veteran of Foreign Wars of Michigan.
Fourth Place: $1500.00 James N. Goldsmith Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by Past Commander-in-Chief James N. Goldsmith's sister Barbara Applebee.
Fifth thru twelfth places are awarded $1000.00 scholarships. The scholarship is random from the donors listed below:
$1,000.00 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan.
$1,000.00 Catholic War Veterans Department of Michigan Scholarship and plaque. Presented by Dept. Commander.
$1,000.00 Newberry Post Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by the Newberry VFW Post and presented by the 14th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan.
$1,000.00 Orvel J. Walter Memorial Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by the family of Orvel Walter.
$1,000.00 Past Commanders Club Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by the Past Commanders Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan.
$1,000.00 Scholarship Morlely S. Oates Post 701 and Ladies Auxiliary and plaque. Presented by post Commander & President.
$500.00 Dick & Vi Thorpe Memorial Scholarship and $500.00 VFW Post 4644 Scholarship and plaque. Awarded by VFW Post & Ladies Auxiliary 822 and VFW Post 4644.
$400.00 John & Shirley Sweebe Memorial Scholarship, $400.00 Donald Mrdjenovic Scholarship and $200.00 UAW Region 1 Veterans Council Scholarship and plaque. Award by Department Of Michigan VFW Post 3033, VFW Members of the and Ladies Auxiliary from Michigan.
Department awards will be presented at the 2016 Department of Michigan Mid-Winter Conference. All District winners are expected to be present.
Your Forms are here:
Dept School Release Form 2015-2016
Student bio questionnaire 2015-16 (pg2)
Student bio questionnaire 2015-16 (pg3)
SUMMARY VOD 2015-2016
Voice of Democracy Entry Form and Brochure