The 2023-24 Theme: "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"
The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Department 2022-23 Winners
2022-23 Theme: Why is the Veteran Important?
Amelia Partlow, from St. Albans, VT, represented the VFW Department of Vermont, and was awarded the $2,000 Fridley VFW Post 363 and Auxiliary Scholarship (MN) & Department of Michigan and Auxiliary Scholarship (combined).
Department of Vermont 1st Place Voice of Democracy Winner sponsored by Charles DaPrato Post 778, Swanton Vermont Amelia Partlow
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Department of Vermont 2ndPlace Voice of Democracy Winner sponsored by Carl M. Dessaint Post 1034, Brattleboro Vermont Benjamin Berg
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Department of Vermont 3rd Voice of Democracy winner sponsored by McKenzie-Webster Post 790, East Barre Vermont Shaylene Abraham
See Shaylene's short bio here