Summer Scholarship Project for Delaware students: The Voice of Democracy Program. Top prize is a $30,000 college scholarship!

Kelsey Woo, a senior at Harvard-Westlake School was named the 2011 Voice of Democracy 1st-place winner. Her speech on the theme "Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship.


The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Students should first draft their essay based on the 2011-2012 theme: “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student has created their essay and completed burning the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post no later than November 1, 2011.

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

Access Entry Form and Complete Contest Rules

For 25 years, Back to Basics in Wilmington, Delaware has been recognized as the area’s undisputed leader in one-on-one tutoring. In addition, the firm offers a unique Delaware private school for grades K-12 and a Private Business and Trade School for adults. Back to Basics is the 2010 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Leave a Reply