Scholarship – This program includes National scholarship for students. The Voice of
Democracy is a speech writing competition, which has been around since 1947. It is opened to
High School students, who write and record an essay on an announced topic. The Patriot’s Pen
competition is opened to middle school students, who submit a written essay. The Patriotic Art
competition is opened to high school students who express their patriotism through art. The
Auxiliary also offers a scholarship to members for their continuing education
Assistance to VFW programs- There are some VFW programs where the Auxiliary does much
to promote and assist the Post. These include:
• Voice of Democracy (VOD) - a speech writing competition, where 9th through 12th grade
students write and record their speech. Winners at the National level receive thousands of
• Patriot's Pen - where 6th through 8th grade students submit a 300 to 400 word essay.
Again, National winners receive special recognition and thousands of dollars.